Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Arizona Hospital Sends Patients Home Early, With a Droid Phone

As noted in Fierce Healthcare , Flagstaff Medical Center is releasing patients with heart failure and providing them with a smartphone.  The program uses advanced 3G wireless technology and health-monitoring devices to enhance the care of patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) or other related conditions.  Zephyr Technology and Verizon Wireless are partners in this effort.

FH notes that each of Flagstaff's monitoring kits include: 3G-enabled Motorola Droid X2 smart phone with a mobile application that allows patients to rapidly record and send information to the medical center via a secure Internet portal; an oxygen and pulse monitor; blood pressure cuff; and weight scale. Additional items in the kit may include an advanced Zephyr health-monitoring system to measure other vital signs such as breathing rate, skin temperature, activity and posture.

We expect programs like these to become routine.  Kalorama Information has reported on these type of applications and the growth of handheld devices in heatlhcare in its <i>Handhelds in Healthcare</i> Report.  The report includes profiles of relevant companies.