GATESVILLE, TX — Coryell Health says they have implemented the use of a remote monitoring system for patients that have been diagnosed or are suspected of having COVID-19.
The remote monitoring program, SafetyNet, sends data back to medical providers through a digital sensor that attaches to the patient’s wrist.
This new technology allows the patient to stay out of the hospital, while keeping their physician informed of their condition, Coryell Health said.
"By tracking vital information like blood oxygen level, breathing rates, and heartbeat, we can closely monitor patients 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week while they are recovering at home," the statement said.
As one of the first healthcare systems in the state to launch the remote monitoring program, Dr. Jeffery Bates, MD, Coryell Health Chief Medical Officer stated, “The world around us is constantly changing, and we are having to find new ways to provide care to our patients and overcome hurdles created by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Coryell Health is proud to be one of the first to invest in technology that focuses on monitoring our patient’s safety from the comfort of their home while allowing them to maintain their freedom of movement.”
“We have heard stories of patients in other areas dying at home after taking a sudden turn without anyone there to call 911. We hope this technology will help us keep our patients out of that worst case scenario,” notes Paul Rambeau RRT-NPS, Coryell Health Cardiopulmonary Director. “If we see certain vitals move into dangerous territory, we can intervene and change the course of patient care, including calling 911 for them, if necessary.”
“In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID virus, Masimo SafetyNet allows us to monitor our patients in the comfort of their own home. Our Cardiopulmonary Team, however, is very excited about expanding this service line into our community beyond the current COVID crisis. Moving forward, this technology can be implemented in managing chronic illnesses that typically require frequent provider visits,” adds Rambeau.
Coryell Health says if you or someone you know could benefit from the use of in-home monitoring, please call us at (254) 865-2166.