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Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center Uses Wearable Sensors to Combat Spread of Coronavirus in China

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A key challenge in combating contagious diseases is limiting the spread of the virus within a hospital. Cross infection from patient-to-patient and patient-to-caregiver can be a major problem. While quarantining patients may limit patient-to-patient contact, contact between caregivers and patients can also be avoided with technology.
Modeled after the previous SARS outbreak, SPHCC contains special wards designed to limit cross infection and to provide more efficient treatments. SPHCC is designated as the primary treatment center in Shanghai and confirmed patients from area hospitals are also sent to the SPHCC for quarantine and treatment.

How The VivaLNK’s Wearable Sensor Works

Working with VivaLNK solution partner, Yijing Health, the temperature sensor is applied directly onto the patient and allows for continuous, real-time monitoring of changes in body temperature. The data is then sent electronically from the patient to a remote observation dashboard at the nursing station, providing a view of the patients.
Now, instead of physically checking the patient temperature every few hours with a mercury thermometer, temperatures can be monitored remotely and automatically, thereby limiting patient-to-caregiver contact.

MGH, Current Health Team Up to Reduce C-Section Deaths in Uganda:

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Current Health partner to leverage health technology to reduce maternal deaths/complications following C-section in sub-Saharan Africa.

Current Health and MGH will provide healthcare providers at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), a Ugandan hospital, with Current Health’s solution to help them more closely monitor and manage women’s vital signs after C-section deliveries.
Current Health, a New York City-based provider of FDA-cleared, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered patient management platform, today announced that it will collaborate with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in a study aimed at reducing maternal deaths and severe complications following cesarean delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa.

3 Ways IoT Sensors Can Improve Care for Aging Populations:

As the aging population grows, IoT-sensors and enabled devices can fill in the gaps where families lack visibility and nurses lack time or resources.

Healthcare has arrived at a critical inflection point. Baby boomers, the largest living generation of 72 million people, are reaching the age where they require more care. This surge in seniors coincides with other care-related variables, including Baby Boomers’ evolving lifestyle expectations and the current nursing shortage. Providers, patients, and their families need to reconsider appropriate senior care and how that care is delivered.
Whether seniors remain at home or move to an assisted living facility, their care requires visibility, accountability, and actionability. For families who can’t be there 24/7, and for nurses whose resources are already spread thin, technology can help ensure adequate care is given to seniors. IoT-enabled devices can provide data-driven insights on the patient’s health, whereabouts, and status in real-time, so providers and families can stay-up-to-date and respond nimbly as needed.

Here are three ways in which IoT-driven insights can help providers and families take better care of aging patients:

⦁ Confirm Quality of Care
⦁ Detect Emergencies Among High-Risk Patients
⦁ Ensure Equipment Is Functioning Correctly

How Digital Health Technology Can Help Manage Coronavirus Outbreak?

“Chinese health authorities say an outbreak of a pneumonia-like illness has sickened 305 people and killed five”…  No, this is not an excerpt from a recent news report about the Wuhan virus, but it is actually one from a CNN piece from 2003 when the SARS outbreak was raging. There are many similarities between the current outbreaks to the SARS one from its geolocation to its spread to the viruses themselves.

However, much has changed within the 17-year gap between those two pandemics. For one, technology in the healthcare sector has known an exponential boom. New technologies that were nonexistent or poorly developed in 2003 are now more affordable and widespread and can help manage and even prevent such cases. Let’s see how this can be the case.

What is the Wuhan virus?

First identified in the city of Wuhan, hence the name, the Wuhan virus is a member of the family of coronaviruses which can cause mild conditions like the common cold to potentially lethal ones like the severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS.

The novel 2019-nCoV strain found in Wuhan has been found to be closely linked to those found in bats and could have initially spread in the Huanan seafood wholesale market, where live animals are sold and slaughtered.

However, China has confirmed human-to-human transmission, akin to the flu, and hence its rapid spread globally. This is more so given the fact that the outbreak happened during the Lunar New Year season when 3 billion trips are expected to be made.

New tech for faster detection

As we’ve mentioned in the introduction, technology has dramatically evolved since the days of the SARS virus. For the current coronavirus outbreak, the culprit was identified within a week from the public announcement and the first diagnostic test was developed shortly after that. “Back then, it took days to sequence,” Georgetown University infectious diseases physician Daniel Lucey, who worked on SARS in 2003 said. “Now, it can take hours.” Thanks to technological progress, scientists don’t need to cultivate a sufficient amount of viruses before examining them anymore. Minute amounts of viral DNA can be detected directly from a patient’s spit or blood sample.

Epic pushes out a software update to help spot coronavirus:

In addition to the new questionnaire alert, the company says it is reaching out individually to organizations to ensure they have EHR workflows that follow CDC guidelines.

WHY IT MATTERS

Epic has standardized the new travel screening questionnaire in an effort to ensure clinicians and other front-line medical staff ask patients about recent international travel.

If patients say they have traveled from China, or show symptoms consistent with Wuhan novel coronavirus, providers are now advised to start isolation precautions to help contain the potential infection.

Epic says this new update was developed in collaboration with biocontainment experts, infectious disease physicians, and others with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Early this week, the Epic Travel and Communicable Disease Advisory Board, which comprises infectious disease clinicians practicing at healthcare organizations using Epic, started discussing updates to the travel screening in Epic to detect possible cases of 2019-nCoV.

Members of the advisory board include experts at Providence St. Joseph Health in Washington, which, upon treating the first 2019-nCoV case in the United States, “quickly turned on an electronic prompt for doctors and nurses to ask travel screening questions,” as reported by Politico.

The board determined that healthcare organizations will automatically get the new coronavirus alert within Epic’s travel screening activity. In addition, Epic says its representatives are reaching out to its provider customers to verify that they have IT workflows that follow CDC guidelines.

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