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Selecting a Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform

This blog was originally published by ATA on August 3, 2021.


What are the elements of a comprehensive virtual care platform? The platform must support robust patient engagement and education tools. Peer and familial connections are critical to improved patient outcomes. They provide a support system for patients, relieve the fears of self-care, and provide health literacy support.


The platform must support comprehensive views of the patient’s health and wellness. To treat chronically ill patients, a holistic view of both physiological and self-reported health data is key to develop a personalized care plan.


With this new stream of real-time data, it is essential you have a scalable architecture designed from the ground up to support AI and machine learning. You must build a proper foundation and data structure to support sophisticated machine learning and AI to create meaningful insights.


Patient Engagement and Education


1. Community Interaction and Connectedness


Living with chronic conditions can often feel lonely and disconnected for patients. VitalCare Social™ provides a single sign-on experience for social media platforms, peer support in disease specific groups and community calendars to share events in senior living communities and customized patient disease specific education.


2. Connecting with Family to Share Health Data Via a Free App


For family and caregivers, the VitalCare Family® App provides a view into their loved one’s daily health data. Family participation in the patient’s health journey combats loneliness and isolation while adding an additional layer of accountability and support. To protect patient data and privacy, the patient must allow access to these privileges.


3. Clinical Outreach Via Questionnaires, Surveys, and In-App Messaging to Support Patient Reported Data


In addition to biometric data, patient reported data is critical to provide a holistic view of patient health and wellness. Patient reported data covers pain levels, depression, social isolation, medication efficacy, etc. With VitalCare®, clinicians can reach out to patients through automatically generated questionnaires and surveys. The VitalCare system then notifies clinicians if an anomaly is detected.


Health and Wellness


1. Automated collection of vital signs


Critical vital signs are seamlessly streamed in the VitalCare App through Bluetooth® (BLE) Medical Devices. VitalCare enhances their BLE medical devices to extend battery life, enhance BLE signals and modify functional design for universal support. In addition to their line of selected BLE medical devices, VitalCare integrates with many leading device manufactures and both Apple Health and Google Fit.


2. Nutritional Education and Daily Food Monitoring


Patients enter their daily food and water intake to track micro and macro nutrition data. This data can be reviewed by nutritionist remotely and modifications can be made in real-time.


3. Medication Management and Reminders


With the VitalCare medication module, clinicians can monitor for medication efficacy, adverse reactions, and patient compliance. Daily reminders are easily scheduled to support patient compliance.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)


1. Building a personalized health map


VitalCare’s ML and AI builds a personal health map using a multitude of individual data collected from the patient to provide better context for care teams. This allows clinicians to tease out hidden insights not possible with less intelligent systems.


2. Analyzing Patient Pathways – Multivariate Analysis, Longitudinal Data Analysis and Actionable Data


Data is overwhelming without context and actionable insights. VitalCare is focusing on data analytics to map anonymized patient data and create pathways by overlaying biometric data with patient reported and environmental data. Changes or repeated actions in patient data are analyzed to characterize disease state progression, follow the natural aging process, assess environmental risks, and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.


VitalCare processes this raw data into useable information that informs better decision making to deliver meaningful results for all stakeholders across the continuum. With the assistance of built in AI functionality, clinicians receive critical information when and where they need it.


Vetting the Best


ATA has grown quite a bit from its early days. Now the question is not whether Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring work, but which solution works the best. Advancements in technology now support the revolutionary ideas of previous thought leaders. VitalCare is building on this vision through implementation and development of the most advanced Virtual Care technology in the market.


To learn more about how VitalCare can improve your program contact us.


-Ernie Ianace is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

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