RPM vs. Telehealth

In order to best understand the Health Numeric solution, you have to understand that Health Numeric is different from teleheath and even most remote patient monitoring. While our product is a type of RPM, the differences found in our solution change and save lives.

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While telehealth communication and remote patient monitoring may be similar, the differences are important to understand in order to fully grasp the experiences they offer. Primarily, telehealth communications offer long-distance clinical health care. For example, the technologies used include videoconferencing, secure email and messaging, and phone calls. Telehealth is mainly done through the Internet to communicate in various ways with a health care provider.

Remote patient monitoring, or RPM, uses devices to remotely collect, store and communicate biometric health information to practitioners. Instead of talking with a health care provider online, the RPM tools allow providers to accurately monitor and intervene in the patient’s care before he/she presents at the doctor’s office or hospital. RPM devices capture patients’ vitals outside of a traditional clinical setting while capitalizing on proactive care and patient mobility.

Health Numeric takes this proactive care a step further with our unique Care Circle solution that gives our patients full control over who has access and receives alerts or reports based on their data. Our easy to administer solution makes health care collaboration intuitive and accessible.

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Remote Patient Monitoring: Care Circle

Remote Patient Monitoring is a more connected form of healthcare. Patients living at home with some assistance can benefit greatly from using RPM devices, receiving better care from their aides, nurses and doctors. Because the patient’s health is being monitored from home, their caregivers can address any type of changes or declines in the patient’s health immediately. Patients can create what’s called a Care Circle once they receive their device. Not only will their nurse be notified of changes in the patient’s measurements, anyone the patient adds to their Care Circle will also be notified. The connectivity of the Care Circle ensures better care for the patient and a more comprehensive picture of their health for their caretakers and doctors.

Better, more connected care for the patient means less time spent in the hospital. It also reduces the likelihood of emergency room visits, helps to keep their medication dosage under control and creates peace of mind for those in their Care Circle. Doctors know that their patients are being monitored meticulously, so patient’s length of hospitalization can be reduced. Readmission rates go down because problems with the patient’s medication dosage or health can be addressed in real time, instead of only during outpatient visits, or in the hospital.

The convenience and peace of mind that RPM provides to patients, their doctors and those in their Care Circles is paramount to Health Numeric. Users can decide who views their measurements and when, and their doctors can set the parameters for notification. This helps diabetes patients keep their glucose levels under control; CHF patients can measure their blood press, weight and oxygen saturation. Remote Patient Monitoring helps to create a more complete health history for its users, and unites patients and their loved ones with a deeper understanding of the patient’s health.

Reducing 30-day Hospital Readmissions for CHF Patients

The care I received with remote health monitoring technology was just as good as having a nurse come to my house,” stated a participant in Sharp HealthCare Lean Six Sigma project.

The Sharp HealthCare Foundation conducted a study with a main focus of reducing 30 and 90-day readmissions through Remote Health Monitoring. The study targeted 80 Congestive Heart Failure patients, 66 of whom completed the 90-day program.  The study analyzed the outcomes of enrolled patients diagnosed with primary, secondary or tertiary heart failure in comparison to a reference group of similar patients, not enrolled in the RPM program.

Remote Health Monitoring works to reduce complexity and increase efficiency of health care. RPM works directly into a patient’s home and is non invasive. A patient uses the device (such as such as a weight scale, thermometer, glucose meter, blood pressure monitor, and heart rate monitor) and this information is then shared to the care circle, ultimately reducing the chances of an emergency situation. These devices connect via Bluetooth to a hub that plugs in the wall and this information is processed into an online database.

There is a daily upload of the patient’s vitals, which are accessible to the patient’s care circle. A patient’s care circle may include family, friends, neighbors, and medical personnel. In the case of an emergency, the patients’ care circle is also notified through text message or email.

The statistics prove that there was a significant difference for those enrolled in the program. The RPM 30-day readmission rate was 10%, and 20.7% for those not enrolled in the program. The PRM 90-day readmission rate was 21.2%, in comparison to 39.6% for those not enrolled.

Patients stay independent, well managed at home and out of the acute care setting when using Remote Health Monitoring. RPM helps patients become build confidence and become better engaged in their own care.

Patient satisfaction with RPM was measured at the end of the study. All but one patient was extremely satisfied with all aspects of the program.

 

Sharp HealthCare Foundation. “Reducing 30-day Hospital Readmissions for Congestive Heart Failure Patients by Utilizing Remote Patient Monitoring   (RPM) Technology.” Center for Technology and Aging. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar.      2014. <http://www.techandaging.org/grants_Sharp.html>.

Engaging in The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

While always striving to push the boundaries, expand our network, and create global growth, Health Numeric joins The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship event (ACE ’15). With one-week left until ACE ’15, Health Numeric founder Nevin Brittain prepares to give his pitch as one of the finalists chosen.

According to the ACE ’15 event page, “The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship is the place where Great Lakes region entrepreneurs gather to network, learn and connect.” ACE ’15 is a not for-profit event put on by a group of volunteers and partners. The event brings together an exciting, forward-thinking community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

The event will take place on January 29th at Burton Manor in Livonia. Out of 40 companies Health Numeric is proud to be one of the top ten chosen to prepare a pitch for the chance to win $5,000 and a professionally produced video of the showcase.

“Being selected as one of the top ten ACE ’15 challenge participants is a very exciting experience. Our innovative care circle and remote patient monitoring solution has helped our customers reduce hospital readmissions rate and improve patient engagement. The challenge is an opportunity for everyone to hear Health Numeric’s success story,” said Nevin.”

Health Numeric’s recognition as an innovate solution to home health care continues to grow and gain momentum. To get more information on ACE ’15 event check out ace-event.org.

Not Just Remote Patient Monitoring—a Complete System for Patient Care

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After seeing the other versions of remote patient monitoring, Health Numeric CEO, Nevin Brittan, soon realized basic patient monitoring is not enough. He said, “We make sure the equipment works, we monitor the Care Circle, and we ensure the patient follows his or her action plan. That’s why we’re here.” Having a Care Circle, a team of people who are invested in the patient’s well-being, can make the difference between a patient staying at healthy at home and one who is readmitted to the hospital.

Learning why Health Numeric was founded creates a strong understanding of just how invested every member of the company is in ensuring that each patient thrives. By identifying a gap in home care from Nevin’s own grandmother, he created the Care Circle solution—involving everyone from the patient’s physician to their nurses and their families to ensure they are receiving the best care.

Health Numeric creates an environment that makes it easy to succeed for both care providers and patients. We are not content to just go through the motions of taking a patients vitals and sending them to the cloud. We have put a careful system in place to be of service should anything go amiss, including patients or care providers knowing exactly how to use their devices and the monitoring system. With Health Numeric you don’t just get devices, cloud storage, and a provider interface. Our Care Circle is a promise to give patients the very best care, no matter what.

Mayor Triplett and team with award

Mayor Triplett visits and the new LEAP video

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The Health Numeric team welcomed East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett into our office last month. Mayor Triplett toured the office and the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) as a follow up after awarding the Health Numeric team with East Lansing’s Innovator of the Year Award.  Picture:  Mazen Mheish  CPO,  East Lansing Mayor Triplett  and Nevin Brittain CEO.

Nevin and Mayor Triplett also spent some time on camera, filming for this video produced by LEAP:

Health Numeric is grateful for all the local support we’re receiving as we work to grow our company. Thanks to LEAP, the TIC, and both Mayor Triplett and Mayor Bernero for their support!

Nevin Takes a Selfie

Nevin enjoying his time with Mayor Triplett and taking a selfie.