Verizon has added a cloud that allows patient remote monitoring device data sharing to add to their already highly famous set of cloud services. The new cloud uses an algorithm that allows it to collect patient data automatically. It only takes biometric data through wireless enabled devices. The cloud helps clinicians keep track of patient’s vital data and due to automations, they don’t need to do anything to collect data themselves.
The new service is called Converged Health Management and can be used to aggregate patient’s data from anywhere. Patients can easily use this service from home or through a web-based portal. This allows clinicians to take patient’s data during the patient’s active routine permitting them to monitor health in a better way. The service can record health data automatically for analysis later. It can record blood pressure data, oxygen level and glucose level information. The wireless device can broadcast all of the collected data repeatedly through a secure server. The secure Verizon server follows the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so patients can rest assured that their data is not shared with anyone.
Verizon has added a reward system to the service for all patients. Some rewards include: money-saving coupons and lifestyle guides that carry a motivational value for all patients. Patients can retrieve healthy lifestyle choices based on their condition through the service and also find information about various diseases or their current condition. They only need to use the Converged Health Management Web Portal or its smartphone application.
Patients can retrieve their data using a Verizon proprietary interface portal. The service allows use of third party EMR software for those who want to customize the way data is presented.
The service has received a clearance by the Food and Drug administration. Four remote monitoring devices are used to collect data where patients are given a blood pressure cuff, a simple weight scale, a pulse oximeter and a glucose level meter. There will be more devices in the future exclusively for this service according to Tippett.
These devices can be used to monitor the changes that occur within a patient during his/her daily routine which can help diagnose the problems. These devices will play a critical role in conditions which require constant monitoring and can also save a lot of medical costs by identifying problems early, so clinicians can intervene quickly. A simple example is the case of a patient suffering from congestive heart failure. The water weight gain of such a patient can be monitored and if it increases, the patient will immediately need to cut down on sodium to avoid hospital care.
Statistics reveal that individuals over the age of 65 are prone to diabetes or may show symptoms of the disease. Monitoring glucose levels in individuals will allow clinicians to control the amount of glucose an individual takes. The disease can then be prevented or delayed this way. By monitoring the level of substances in the blood, patients can analyze and select a diet that gives them the healthy lifestyle required by them. Almost all diseases can be avoided if treated in time.
The website of Converged Health Management hosts important training guides for all patients that use it to further increase their health. Videos are regularly posted and updated to provide new healthy lifestyle ideas.