Markham Stouffville Hospital is introducing several new Connected Health Kits from Cloud DX, to help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) monitor their symptoms at home – this following a successful two-year pilot program.
COPD is a lung disease that causes persistent respiratory symptoms and limits airflow. Examples of COPD include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD can be debilitating, affecting health and quality of life. A progressive and incurable disease, COPD requires close monitoring of symptoms to avoid ongoing visits to the Emergency Department and prolonged stays at the hospital.
The Connected Health Kit is a remote monitoring technology designed to help COPD patients better manage their COPD – all from the comfort of their own home. The technology wirelessly measures vital signs, including oxygen saturation, blood pressure, heart rate, and weight. Results are monitored by the patient’s care team through a clinician portal. Early warning signs allow patients and clinicians to address issues before the patient’s health worsens.
The Connected Health Kit pilot project, which began at MSH in the spring of 2018, is the result of a collaboration between the hospital, the home care agency Closing the Gap Healthcare, Cloud DX, and Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. Patients have responded well to this tool in the pilot program. Up to 83% of patients who participated in the pilot project said they would continue with it.
“This Cloud DX project has improved patient and caregiver experience and has provided an opportunity for the hospital to develop effective approaches to remote monitoring in order to provide care beyond our walls,” says Elena Pacheco, Vice President of Support Services & Transformation at MSH.
The Connected Health Kit technology is one of 15 projects that have received funding from the Ministry of Health, administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
Cloud DX, a company that develops effective, easy-to-use digital tools for measuring health and wellness, is currently working with a number of other hospitals to further demonstrate the Connected Health Kit for COPD.
[Photo: courtesy of Ontario Centres of Excellence].