Tag Archives: Telemonitoring

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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Why not attach a telemonitoring service to statin medication?

Is this the best proof that telemonitoring should be used in most chronic disease (medication) treatments? We think so! Lifetime statin provision is effective if it’s attached to a telemonitoring service, like a home weight scale and a patient portal that guides the person through his/her actual condition. This only costs a few dollars/euro’s extra per month, but it brings so much added value. Why is the healthcare community not acting?

Author: Rene Stenvert @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Bron: Medscape

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New technologies that makes outpatient treatment safer

Inpatient volumes continue to decline and the experts think this trend will not change.[1]

There are several reasons for this development:

  • Elective admissions, which never recovered after dropping during the Recession;
  • Pressure to reduce readmissions as a result of the Affordable Care Act;
  • Hospitals building clinically integrated networks to emphasize prevention and proactive care;
  • New technologies that makes outpatient treatment safer.

The last two factors can drive down inpatient volumes and therefore decrease total healthcare costs. Vitaphones’ new technologies make outpatient treatment safer: we provide tools to optimize diagnoses and care by using telemonitoring solutions.

Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands
[1] Fierce Healthcare

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Sensors and beyond

cerebrospinal fluid

cerebrospinal fluid

“A novel long-term implanted sensor can measure and individually adjust cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure in the brain.” In this stage the sensor still needs an external device connected with radio waves. In the external device the physician can read the temperature and CSF pressure. If the pressure exceeds the limits, the physician will act accordingly. In the future it will actually work on its own and adapt when needed. This is the ultimate example of mobile health.

This great (and a bit scary) look into the future, that shows us what we’re aiming at. What healthcare community also needs to do, is look at the currently available technology and use it now. So we can make a difference and improve citizen’s care!

Source: Hospimedica

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INFOGRAPHIC: Healthcare IT trends for 2014

Have a look at this great overview! Some highlights:

  • $36 billion will be saved, in the next 5 years, by utilizing remote monitoring in patients with cardiac & chronic diseases;
  • 1.3 million Americans will be treated via telehealth by 2017;
  • 81% of the healthcare providers plan to make future investments in telehealth.

Our message to healthcare community; don’t wait any longer! Start with the implementation of current available solutions. Let’s make Telehealth and Remote Monitoring reality…and not a promise in an infographic!


2014 Health IT Trends Infographic Healthcare

2014 Health IT Trends Infographic Healthcare

Source: CDW community

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Telehealth saves anually $2,931 per COPD patient!

Research was conducted to determine if “self-monitoring via home-based telehealth equipment could, when combined with ongoing remote monitoring by a nurse, reduce the incidence of hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) presentations for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” The vital signs monitored were; blood pressure, weight, temperature, pulse, and oxygen saturation levels. These vital signs were automatically sent to the telehealth nurse by telephone. If recorded measurements were out of patient’s normal parameters, specified by their GP or specialist, it triggered an alert to the nurse and he or she would undertake action. Vitaphone supports this type of setup to manage chronic diseases. Especially because it results in cost savings as demonstrated in this report.

An important result is that the telehealth group visited the hospital 10 times less as the control group did; 26 visits in the control group versus 16 visits in the telehealth user group. This resulted in 77 less hospital stay days over 6 months; 162 hospital days in the control group vs. 85 hospital days in the telehealth group.

The participant satisfaction in this research was also great:

“Approximately half felt that the telehealth intervention had reduced the number of times they had been to the hospital. Participants commented that in the past they may have gone to the hospital because they were worried or anxious about breathing difficulties, but being able to take their own measurements reassured them that their measures were within normal limits.”

“Participants generally agreed that receiving telehealth monitoring had provided reassurance and peace of mind knowing that a nurse was monitoring their results daily. Participants described having more control over their condition and being more confident in self-managing their condition as they were now more conscious of what their body was doing.”

It is great to see these numbers and the satisfaction level proof, what we advertise… go telehealth, go!

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: Telehealth Remote Monitoring for Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, by Kristen De San Miguel, BSc, Joanna Smith, BPsych, and Gill Lewin, BSc Hons, MSc, MPH, PhD, Published in Telemedicine and e-Health, September 2013

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Bondskanselier Merkel ziet kansen voor betere zorg door telemedicine

In een persbericht van 31 januari 2014 in de “Pressebox.de” wordt duidelijk dat de bondskanselier grote kansen ziet in het verbeteren van de gezondheidszorg door middel van telemedicine. In de beleidsverklaring van de derde regeringsperiode van Angela Merkel maakt ze duidelijk dat telemedicine in de toekomst een belangrijke bouwsteen wordt om de gezondheidszorg te ondersteunen en aan te vullen. Ze ziet vooral de mogelijkheden bij patiënten die afgelegen wonen. De bondskanselier zegt in de beleidsverklaring dat telegeneeskundige diensten een belangrijke rol zullen spelen binnen de continuïteit van de gezondheidszorg naar de toekomst.1 Vitaphone Nederland ziet telemedicine ook als een eenvoudige manier om de kwaliteit van de zorg te waarborgen en betaalbaar te houden.

Duitsland (4de op wereld ranglijst 2013-20142) heeft één van de meest competitieve economieën van de wereld. Wij doen het zelf ook niet slecht, 8ste plaats2, maar onze regering kan nog veel leren van deze vooruitstrevende inzichten van de bondskanselier.


Sources; 1 Pressebox
2 World Economic Forum

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Full european support for eHealth!

Despite the economic crisis, the global telemedicine market grew from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011. The global mHealth market is even set to grow to €17.5 billion a year by 2017.

There is important support from the European Parliament for the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020. Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission leading the digital agenda, said: “In particular, I welcome the Parliament’s insistence on the importance of interoperability of eHealth systems and the need for the Commission to take a leading role in establishing international standards and an EU eHealth Interoperability Framework.” We also think this should be top priority. It is very important that there is an interoperability standard for telemedicine because only with such a standard, all eHealth, mHealth, telemonitoring and telemedicine providers will and can work together to make care and cure more efficient. Some EU countries spend up to 15% of their budgets on healthcare; this percentage needs to go down. eHealth implementations can help to make that happen!

Source: eHealthNews

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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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NHV Congres 2014

Vitaphone Nederland zal op zaterdag 22 maart opnieuw aanwezig zijn tijdens het congres van de Nederlandse Hartfunctie Vereniging. Dit congres vindt plaats in de ReeHorst te Ede. Wij zullen hier onze laatste ontwikkelingen demonstreren op het gebied van telemonitoring en tele-ECG.

NHV congres 2014

NHV congres 2014

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Schrijf u nu in via www.roijecongressen.com

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