One of the most common questions I hear in a skilled nursing setting is when do I get to go home or how did I do today. Even though the line of communication may be strong between the patient and therapist, our patients never really seem to grasp the concept of their plan of care or have any knowledge of their progress. Often this is due to lack of education. Patients simply have no idea what to expect during their Part A stay in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Usually it comes as a shock to them when we explain why they cant go home for another few weeks due to medical reasons or until safe progress can be made through therapy.
Over the past few years wearable devices have become as common as cell phones. These devices have become the social norm allowing quick access to health information stored in a databased accessible online or even through the users cell phone. One of the most common features you will see in a wearable device is the ability to connect to Wi-Fi automatically upload information without the user having to do any work at all. In the hospital or skilled nursing setting, Occupational/Physical Therapist, Nurses, Medical Doctors and other healthcare providers usually will have to look through charts and dig through reports to get vital information if their patient has had a significant decline in status or has an appointment outside the facility. Often times, this information is relayed in an untimely fashion and sometimes not at all and a treating therapist may not know that a patient had low blood pressure before breakfast that morning. Knowing that your patient had a syncope episode during physical therapy earlier that morning could be vital in your approach to treating that individual
Wearable devices such as wireless Heart rate monitors, blood pressure cuffs and activity trackers could potentially be a way to connect the entire care team together in real time. Medical Doctors, Physicians Assistants ,Occupational/Physical Therapist, Nurses, Clinical Psychiatrists, Patients themselves and other healthcare professionals could be notified by instant alert or email and login to a secure database whenever new information is provided. Ultimately this would be the innovative way to deliver care.
For example, when vitals are read in the morning by nursing at the hospital or skilled nursing facility, this information will instantly be uploaded form the blood pressure cuff, glucose test or another wireless device used. All member's of the Pt's healthcare team will receive an email with a report of the Patients vitals taken. If the Patient has unusual vitals than an alert will be sent to the Patients profile on the secured server. This alert will show in red so that all healthcare providers treating that individual will know to look and see what was going on with their patient that morning or afternoon. Ultimately this will save time and allow team members to quickly relay information to each other increasing productivity.
For example, when a therapist writes a progress note or decides on when a patient will be discharged from therapy services an alert or email will be sent to the Patients wearable device as well as other members of the healthcare team. The patient can then login online and see what their prior level of function was upon entering the facility and what their current level of function is. This will ultimately help engage the patient in learning more about their own level of care. The patient can then click on links to see what the average recovery time is for their hip replacement.
For example, if a patient has low blood sugar, they can get an alert on their device reminding them to log on to the secure network and look at how their blood sugar has been trending the last week. They can compare their report to other diabetics and click on links with good tips and habits to maintain and monitor their blood sugar. This will help educate and help provide insight to the patients.
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