M2M is becoming an integral part of patient care, helping to cut costs as well as save lives. Sensors in the bathroom, by the bed or near the door can collect information without compromising the individual's privacy. Remote monitoring devices can be used to allow physicians to remotely monitor information about patients with chronic illness such as cardiac disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
For patients suffering from long-term conditions, regular GP or hospital visits can have a negative impact on lives already affected by ill health. It also ties up resources on the part of the healthcare provider, costing money and reducing the amount of time available for other patients. Vodafone mHealth Solutions offer patients with such long-term conditions, unobtrusive remote monitoring and management of their condition in their home environment. A single portal concept allows patients and their doctors, carers and other key stakeholders to report, share and access data in a timely and secure way, supporting periodic review and preventing escalations.
In addition to improving patients quality of life, our mHealth Remote Care Services enable more effective treatment, more productive usage of health resource and a reduction in secondary care admissions. As an example, in Portugal we are supporting rapid clinical decision making in the care of young epilepsy sufferers with a solution incorporating software allowing doctors to view video electroencephalogram (EEG) examinations remotely on a computer or smartphone. This enables them to analyse seizures and make decisions quickly.
M2M solutions can help patients improve their quality of life by providing an integrated care approach following hospital treatment. From supporting patients undergoing long-term treatment at home to working with healthcare providers on the successful transition from a secondary to home care environment, our mHealth Hospital to Home services are improving the quality of care for home care patients. They are also driving the adoption of more patient groups as candidates for home care.
People are living longer. As our population ages, technology innovation is playing an increasingly crucial role in helping older people to live their lives safely and independently. It also has the potential to alleviate the socio-economic burden of ageing populations on society, healthcare providers and governments. Vodafone mHealth Solutions can make cost effective assisted living a reality by enabling the move towards telecare-based support, including the remote monitoring of vital signs, medication compliance support and stumble and fall management.
Through our Assisted Living solutions we help to alleviate loneliness and isolation, make it easier for the elderly to perform daily tasks and activities inside and outside the home, create more safe and secure living environments and give those in need of a little extra support more confidence both in and outside their homes. View our case studies to see how our mHealth Assisted Living solutions are making a difference.
The use of Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) is a growing practice as regulators demand more data points to underpin the clinical evidence of drug outcomes. In the absence of truly powerful electronic PRO (ePRO) solutions, the process of PRO has traditionally been administered through paper diaries and this has been a challenge. Patients asked to complete diaries and reports on paper are statistically unreliable, with typically over 80% of PRO data needing to be re-validated. This can have a significant impact on the drug development process as failure to demonstrate the actual effects of a treatment in clinical trials can delay or prevent approval of new drugs.
Vodafone mHealth Solutions offer pharmaceutical companies, medical technology companies and clinical research organisations a more effective way of collecting data to speed up testing and compliance, reduce development time and enhance the quality of information used in bringing a new and effective treatment to market. Recruitment, retention and motivation techniques can be built in to deliver an even more comprehensive answer to this challenge.
Monitoring and tracking of medical and lab equipment allows real-time notification of potential issues and maintenance to be delivered remotely, avoiding expensive on-site visits whilst improving customer response times and service levels.