Hospital Testing Home Monitoring Via Smartphones

Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona is launching a program to use smartphones to monitor the health status of home-based cardiac patients.

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Comments (4)
The hospital "enrolled" the first 50 patients. Did the hospital fund this project or did Zephyr? I think this is a great idea for both the hospital and the revolving door patient, but someone has to foot the bill for that service. I understand the ROI aspect..keep the patient from a readmission for 30 days, but unless this was grant funded, I can't see that a hospital can keep up the pace of "footing the bill" for the patients that are a high risk for readmission.
Posted by Brenda D | Tuesday, December 13 2011 at 4:21PM ET
Dear Brenda --
I agree that the capital costs of setting a program like this up need to be covered by somebody. And unless the hospital is flush with cash (not likely these days), grant funding - either governmental or corporate - is a likely source.
I share your concern about the ongoing viability of an innovative program like this -- basically it's a question of whether there's a viable business model to sustain it. Atul Gawande's article in "New Yorker" back in February, "The Hot Spotters", offers an interesting perspective on the ROI of keeping high-risk "revolving door" patients out of the E.R.. The question is, at what point do the cost savings from avoiding repeat admissions meet ROI criteria?
Posted by Dr. Greg | Tuesday, December 13 2011 at 10:16PM ET
How and Where is the data being stored - What mobile device soltuions are they using to guard against breaches and other security issues and concerns?
Posted by Joe W | Wednesday, December 14 2011 at 8:32AM ET
My concern is the patient when all the technology is pulled from him. What has he learned, and what does he do next?
Posted by Shirley G | Friday, December 16 2011 at 1:01PM ET
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