Tag: Remote Patient Monitoring

Case Study: The University of New England and NSW Health

Background

Virtual hospitals have become strategic for modern healthcare organizations, where patients’ vital signs are monitored remotely using wireless technology. Virtual care enables medical teams to track hundreds of ‘remote patients’ at any given time, resulting in far more efficient use of resources and alleviating the strain on physical hospitals.

Public health expert Professor Rod McClure, Dean of Medicine at University of New England, is the pioneer of virtual hospitals in Australia and was asked by New South Wales Health in Australia to come and set up the country’s first virtual hospital, with the aim of providing remote healthcare for patients with chronic conditions, many of whom live a long way from their nearest hospital.

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Clinically Distanced Monitoring – keeping Patients and Clinicians Safe

During the peaks of the Covid-19 pandemic, the last place you wanted to find yourself was in a hospital. The high incidence of severe cases of Covid-19 among hospital clinicians was a reflection of just how dangerous their work is when it brings them face-to-face with patients suffering from a highly contagious virus.

Minimizing the risk to clinicians has been one of the key learnings from this experience, along with the need to be able to scale patient care rapidly and flexibly, the need to provide earlier diagnoses and interventions and the need to learn fast and deploy staffing resources as efficiently as possible.

In all these requirements, remotely distanced wireless patient monitoring holds the key.

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