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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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Why wait with telemonitoring?

Electronic Health Records(EHRs), care coördination and telemonitoring help to lower the rate of hospitalizations for diabetic patients. These technologies combined can lower the rate of hospitalizations by 26% within a three-year period showed research of Western New York Beacon Community Project.

“Out of those 57 practices, 50 percent reported that the overall percentage of uncontrolled diabetic patients was down 5 percent, and 25 percent of practices reported decreases of more than 10 percent in the number of uncontrolled diabetes cases.”1

This meant in 2012 three hospitalizations where prevented for every 100 diabetes patients this represents a saving of some $600 per diabetic patient, per year. So this rises us the question: “Why wait with telemonitoring?”.

Patient story

Kenneth Wilson was one of these patients. He had been living with uncontrolled diabetes for more than 10 years, so when he enrolled and had to log into the program each day and measure his weight, blood pressure and blood glucose levels, he eventually saw some big changes.

Before being enrolled, his A1C levels – a number measuring average glucose control – ranged from 8 to 9 percent. Since participating in the pilot, Wilson has reported average A1C levels of 6.8. Similarly, before the pilot Wilson’s morning blood sugar level ranged from 180 to 240 mg/dL. Now, the level stays typically around 109 mg/dL.

“The benefits were tremendous, “Wilson said in a video commending the program.” They’d call every day … saying, ‘I heard you had some kind of issue today. You got this going on, or you got this going on. What’s the story? What can we do to help you?’”1

I am amazed what these different measurements can mean for patients. What I actually like to see is how they show the results to the users of this project. Feedback in a correct way to the patients/users of the telemonitoring solution is very important. I like to get your opinion on “Why we should wait with telemonitoring?”.

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: 1 http://www.govhealthit.com/news/ehrs-care-coordination-telemonitoring-help-rein-diabetes-complications

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Does do-it-yourself blood pressure monitoring work?

Yes, it does work! Well there’s a “but” though, because it only works really well, when the patients’ doctor has an infrastructure to follow-up the readings. If there is no support by the doctor, taking the readings at home is much less beneficial. This is kind of obvious because if there is no action on the readings what is the point of taking them?

Speed-bumps are that doctors only get paid when a patient physically visits a doctor. Also the extra services and resources needed to act on the data aren’t always available too. But results like an improved systolic pressure by 3.4 points to 8.9 points after a year, compared with usual care, are very promising.

Many different indicators of diseases can be measured right from your own home. At Vitaphone we are going a step further; we are providing patients’ the tools to manage their own care. For example take a look at our Medication Adherence Support System; the PICO.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Author: Indy Kavelaars

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Clinical trials are flourishing in developing countries

This is no surprise because clinical trials are heavily depending on labor costs of healthcare professionals. These professionals are just cheaper in developing countries. But we do not think this is the only way clinical trials can save money and be more accurate too. Vitaphone is convinced that technology is key in this. Most of our technology is self-explaining to the user and needs to be setup once by the healthcare professional.

The article “Clinical trial logistics and the globalization of clinical trials” also stated: “In Large parts of the Western world, there is an increasingly bureaucratic and expensive regulatory system. Over recent years, the regulations governing clinical research have become progressively more complex meaning companies have to be more cautious when it comes to compliance and associated concerns. Such regulations are designed to improve the quality, reliability and efficiency of clinical trials, but are often deemed to be uncoördinated and increasingly complex to understand.”

We can’t change politics, but we can offer technology that really helps CROs to work efficient. We can provide accurate and promptly available digital patient data!

Source: Journal for clinical studies

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Editing: René Stenvert

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Vitaphone is published in The Times!

In the article “Investing in online technology” our country manager for the UK, Steve Schofield, shares his vision of telehealth:

“The UK has been using telehealth in a fairly primitive way so far, as data has been transmitted by normal telephone lines, but we can provide much more advanced technology to improve services and make them more efficient,” says Steve Schofield, Vitaphone country manager for the UK. “We can now use Bluetooth technology to send test results received from patients directly to GPs, speeding up the process significantly and we have a technical centre which can offer support to GPs in interpreting the results. I think one of the factors blocking the expansion of telehealth is that many GPs do not feel confident about evaluating the results of patient checks as they are not generalists.” The most likely scenario is that there will be no “Big Bang” explosion of telehealth in the UK, but its gradual introduction in different parts of the health service will ensure that it becomes entrenched in the delivery of care, with patients becoming increasingly familiar with the technology. In the longer term, the real advantage may not be cost savings to the NHS nor even better outcomes, but the greater choice it can give patients in determining how and where they are treated in a way that will recast their relationship with clinicians.”


Services provided by Telehealth

  • Direct patient monitoring using body sensors
  • ECG, blood pressure monitoring, INR, blood glucose, breath spirometer, weight monitoring
  • Personal health monitoring
  • Health programmes giving lifestyle advice and comparison statistics, such as weight and blood cholesterol levels
  • Drug adherence ensuring medication prescribed is taken
  • Pico automatic drug dispenser/notifier/monitor providing electronic alerts when medication is not taken
  • Medical surveillance service centres offering support for clinicians
  • Emergency services notification for automatic patient alerts
  • Hospitals, GPs and community networking connecting healthcare providers.

Source: Vitaphone

As originally seen in “Investing in online technology” published by Raconteur Media on 26-06-2013 in The Times.

Source: Raconteur Media Ltd.

www.vitaphone.co.uk | info@vitaphone.co.uk | +44 (0) 774 128 9852

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Vitaphone, where technology touches emotions!

Over here, at Vitaphone, we travel the world to give demonstrations and convince healthcare professionals it is really more efficient to work with our devices and services in contrast to the “old fashioned way”. I think we are pretty successful in this and that is something to be proud of! That’s why you find this weblog about the different reactions on our devices and services.

During our live demonstrations, doctors, nurses and patients are amazed of the technology Vitaphone provides.

Not only is the loop recorder a clever little device, which is simple to program for arrhythmia detection, but when the ECG recordings are transmitted and appear in the computer inbox faster than you can walk 6 steps then it creates true excitement. Minds then start to race, thinking of the benefits: “Immediate patient problems seen, faster to treat, saves lives, saves time, saves cash and no more laborious headache creating, mind draining sitting at an ECG analysis machine.”

Vitaphone offers automated mobile ECG recording. In 2012 we processed more than 250.000 ECG recordings from more than 30 different hospitals/diagnostic-centers in The Netherlands.

Author: Indy Kavelaars

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Mobile, the future of clinical trials

Patient reported outcomes (PROs) are getting increasingly important for all phases of clinical studies to provide accurate information on the status of a patient’s health condition and how they are being affected by certain treatments. There are also concerns going on about the, now in use, paper-based PRO tools because of the lack of adherence and the low levels of control. Mobile technology is going to be much more important in the future because it can aid cost-efficiency and secure patient adherence to medication. This is will be very important particularly in global clinical trials.

The mobile device acceptance is at least reaching 86% of the global population by 2011, totaling almost 6 billion connections, I think is the perfect tool to get the most reliable data collection. With a mobile device you can not only check if the medication has been taken or not, you can also deliver support so the medication, if forgotten, is still being taken. Vitaphone is convinced that a mobile device is the easiest way for people to answer questionnaires and remind them of such, that it will play a vital role in providing accurate, secure and sustainable reporting.

Vitaphone offers exactly this tailored clinical trial services >

Also read the article below, page 27 about clinical trials.

Journal Patient Compliance volume 3, issue 1

1=International Telecommunication Union. Key statistical highlights: ITU data release June 2012

Sources: Patient Compliance Media, http://www.patientcompliancemedia.com/

Author: Indy Kavelaars, LinkedIn

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Telehealth, relevant to everyone!

What is telehealth and what does it mean for the future? We stumbled upon a video of Dr. Malcolm Fisk which gives a very good explanation of the term ‘telehealth’. It also shows a very open and broad vision of telehealth with many opportunities. Watch the interview at Healthcare news or read the interview below.

“Telehealth is one aspect of the research done at the Age Research Centre, Coventry University. And here with me is the Co-director Dr. Malcolm Fisk. For people who don’t know, can you give me a definition of ‘telehealth’?”

The means by which people can access or the way that services are delivered through telephone, the internet or through communications technologies generally. Obviously we have seen a rapid development in the way that technologies are available to people and the role out of broadband has helped in this. So this means that we can start to think about services been delivered or accessed in this kind of ways and that the new technologies we use are very much part of this.

“So what would the typical things be that people would do at home using technology?”

Well if you are a younger person for instance with diabetes they might well enable you to send information to a healthcare practitioner. Or indeed gather information just for yourself and store it on a cloud or somewhere to help you manage your own health condition.

More important perhaps the larger number of older people with chronic conditions. Very often heart conditions or respiratory conditions, who use different devices to measure different vital signs on a daily basis usually, to send that information again to the healthcare practitioner. So then they can then advise them as to what they should do with the medication and things like this.

“What do you see as the implications of new technologies for telehealth services?”

Well there are very, very important implications here because of the way mobile technologies are developing. What it means is that whilst perhaps being guilty of thinking about telehealth too narrowly around vital signs monitoring. We can actually think of in terms of the relevance to all people of all ages in the way that they access and use news services. So it is not just a technology or a range of services that help people stay independent at home it is potentially helping people when they are travelling when they’re in work, when they’re going to college or school. Relevance to people of all ages.

“Now you are working on European code of practice on telehealth. Now do we need one and what is your opinion about it?”

Well we need one because telehealth is evolving so rapidly. We can see that the nature of telehealth services is changing rapidly as well. Possibly there may be a hundred-and-one different aspects of telehealth from medication compliance to helping care for someone with dementia all these things are in the mix. A code of practice will establish a benchmark quality standard to which we hope anyway to which telehealth services will reach across Europe and will provide the safe guards which are necessary in such an area of care and support.

“And what does telehealth mean for traditional health services?”

Well we can see changes will have come about because many more people will choose to use telehealth services themselves. And will, very often, be gathering information and data about their health conditions. Which they will take to their consultants or GP’s and they will clearly have to respond to these services and new technologies. Rather than the collisions being necessarily dictating the frameworks of health provision or support services that you may need.

Source: Naidex & Healthcare news

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