‘The time for pilots is over. Now it’s all about impact. ’
The Jeroen Bosch Hospital (JBZ) and health care innovator Luscii, have made home health monitoring available for every patient that might benefit from it. Alerts triggered by Luscii are pushed directly into the workflow of the EMR of their doctors and nurses.
Health checks at home
Patients are now able to receive digital coaching and perform their own health checks such as taking their own blood pressure and weight measurements. Additionally, patients regularly complete a questionnaire about their physical and mental condition. The Luscii App makes it possible for the hospital to receive these readings in a safe and secure manner. In case of a deterioration, the health care provider is alerted through their EMR and the patient can be contacted using a video call.
Keeping a virtual finger on the pulse
The JBZ hospital started a trial period in the end of 2018, focusing on patients with COPD and heart failure. The patients who participated were positive about this new way of delivering care and felt safe at home whilst developing more insight into their sickness. Building on these results, JBZ hospital is scaling up home health monitoring. Janet van Kuilenburg, cardiologist at JBZ: “Home health monitoring provides many opportunities for various patient groups. Health care providers can keep a virtual finger on the pulse, regardless of where the patient might be. More freedom when things are going well, but extra attention and care when necessary. This is precisely what we want for everyone in our area…the right health care at the right time.”
Initially, the scaling up will start with COPD and heart failure patients. Other departments (such as Haematology and Gynaecology) are already making plans to follow suit. Patients and health care providers have both been closely involved in these developments.
Assembling your own program
Daan Dohmen, CEO and founder of Luscii has seen a dream fulfilled: “As a team, we have worked relentlessly to develop Luscii as a simple and self-assembling health kit, and now we’ve done it. Health care professionals can now compose their own home health monitoring program. Relevant measurements, e-learning and even the algorithm that creates notifications in the electronic health file, are simple to adjust according to the needs of the user. The time for pilots is over. Now it’s all about impact. It’s really great that JBZ is the first hospital to start using it.”