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mHealth trends

In this digital era healthcare industry is changing towards a more mobile and efficient system: mHealth is the future. What are the ongoing trends in this industry? An article in the Beckers Hospital review gives a top 10. I would like to highlight some items:

“Mobile devices and apps are becoming an integral part of telemedicine. Telemedicine crosses the geographic expanse and connects providers to patients, even providers to other providers, to extend services to underserved areas. Many major telemedicine companies are offering telemedicine apps as a means for patients to connect and communicate with physicians remotely and on-the-go. It’s an increasingly popular service — 84 percent of young adults age 18 to 34 said they would prefer a consultation via a mobile device. While more hospitals and health systems are toying with telemedicine, the service is also coming under fire as the industry debates payment and reimbursement practices and what telehealth services should be used for.”

As a telemedicine company, we think further than only digital consultation. We understand that if patient, non-patient or care professional need support, that can be provided by technical solutions. Like support with medication treatment or monitoring heart rhythm after an operation.

The cost benefits of mHealth may be enormous. If a patient is tracking his or her symptoms and those symptoms are being wirelessly transmitted to a clinician in the hospital, that patient just saved a trip to the clinic and the hospital saved costs associated with treating that patient. With mHealth comes a more comprehensive, accessible and data-driven industry that helps utilize resources more efficiently and effectively.”

Vitaphone Netherlands daily collects thousands of vital signs and presents the results to healthcare professionals and sometimes patients too. Further investigation might translate all these efforts into a financial result.

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Source: Beckers Hospital Review

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Infographic: Long Term Care

A shift is taking place in long term care (ltc). This infographic visualizes this change with focus on the US.

Highlights are:

  • The number of people using ltc facilities will increase to 27 million in 2050;
  • Tech spending is on the rise: budgets for 2014 grew and this budget will go toward new investments;
  • 54% of the ltc organization respondents say technology decreases medical errors;
  • 73% state that it improves productivity;
  • A whopping 99% believe that technology helps them enhance overall care.

What is your opinion about technology in your healthcare organization? Tell us what you think.




Author: Indy Kavelaars
Source: CDW Healthcare

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Remote monitoring is on the rise

Worldwide, 3 million patients have a remote monitoring device at home that is monitored by a professional caregiver. This states a new report by Berg Insight. IF this market will grow is not a question, but HOW this market will evolve that is the important question. Berg Insight sketches a future for connected medical devices with a compound annual growth rate (CARG) of 44.4 percent. It is estimated to reach €19.1 million connections by 2018.


Patients that use connected medical devices for various forms of personal health tracking are not included in this figure.






They claim revenues of remote patient monitoring has reached €4.3 billion in 2013. Between 2013 and 2018 they expect revenues will grow with 35 percent, reaching €19.4 billion. What kind of monitoring is now booming in this market?

  • Cardiac rhythm management; accounts for two-thirds or 2 million connections and will grow to 4 million by 2018
  • Sleep therapy; represents about 0.54 million people
  • Telehealth, medication adherence and airflow monitoring have 0.34 million connections. Interesting fact is that pharmaceutical companies will move into this space as well.

Vitaphone expects Berg Insight to be be right: this market will grow. We are definitely going to help to develop a better and more efficient healthcare by introducing cutting edge solutions in remote monitoring of vital signs.

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Source: Berg Insight

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Accept the technical aids when caring for a dementia patient

Again it has become very clear how hard it is for informal caregivers to care for a person with dementia. Informal caregiving is stimulated by the Dutch government because this kind of care improves efficiency. If the workload is too high for the informal caregivers, they cannot keep up the work and more patients will be sent to inpatient care. Every six months a nationwide survey is held by NIVEL (research organization for Dutch healthcare) and the Dutch foundation for Alzheimer disease, to research the workload of these informal caregivers. The last survey unfortunately showed no change to 2011.

As described in the article by NIVEL: “Four out of ten informal caregivers of dementia patients feel that the workload is “quiet heavy”, more than one out of ten feels the workload is “very heavy” or “overburdened”. Many informal caregivers have the feeling they have to bear the care all on their own; they are caring day and night and this situation is never-ending. It matters if the care receiver lives at home or not. Carers with the patient at their home, expect that they cannot keep up the care as long as if the patient would stay in a nursery home. ”

The Dutch government wants to stimulate a situation where everyone can live independent as long as possible in their own home. Because of that, budgets will be relocated. In 2015 local authorities will get budget and will be responsible for this kind of care support. We, Vitaphone Netherlands, have the impression that managers and caregivers understand the need to use available technical aids in their work. Thanks to modern technology, caregivers don’t have to wonder: “Did I already provide the 12 o’clock medication?”. The Medication Adherence Support System takes that responsibility and the caregiver can focus on more important tasks.

Nederlandse versie >

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Source: NIVEL

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Accepteer technische hulpmiddelen bij zorg dementie patiënt

Het is opnieuw duidelijk geworden hoe zwaar het voor mantelzorgers is om voor een dementerende persoon te zorgen. Elk half jaar voert Alzheimer Nederland en NIVEL (Nederlands instituut voor onderzoek van de gezondheidszorg) een landelijk onderzoek onder mantelzorgers uit. De laatste peiling laat zien dat de belasting voor mantelzorgers van de dementerende patiënt even hoog is gebleven als in 2011.

Zoals beschreven in het artikel van NIVEL: “Vier op de tien mantelzorgers van mensen met dementie voelen zich ‘tamelijk zwaar belast’, en ruim één op de tien voelt zich ‘zeer zwaar belast’ of ‘overbelast’. Veel mantelzorgers hebben het gevoel er alleen voor te staan; ze zorgen dag en nacht voor hun naaste met dementie en de situatie laat hen nooit los. Het maakt wel uit of de persoon thuis woont of is opgenomen in een instelling. Mantelzorgers van mensen die thuis wonen verwachten de zorg minder lang vol te kunnen houden. In het algemeen voelen mantelzorgers zich het meest gesteund door de casemanager dementie.”

Het beleid van het kabinet is erop gericht dat iedereen zolang mogelijk zelfstandig thuis kan blijven wonen. In 2015 worden gemeenten hiervoor verantwoordelijk en krijgen ze budget ter beschikking om de zorgverleners te ondersteunen. Wij, als in Vitaphone, krijgen (gelukkig) steeds meer het idee dat managers en zorgverleners inzien dat ze de beschikbare technische mogelijkheden moeten gebruiken in de zorg. Hulpmiddelen, zoals een medicijn ondersteuningssysteem, verlichten de druk op de mantelzorger. Dankzij moderne technologie kunnen zij zich met belangrijkere taken bezig houden dan: “Heb ik de medicatie van 12.00 uur al gegeven?”.

English version >

Author: Indy Kavelaars


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