Grupo Ribera has presented the conclusions of the pilot project it has carried out at the University Hospital of Torrevieja together with the startup HumanITcare for the telemonitoring of patients with heart failure, which has demonstrated that this system “reduces emergency room visits, admissions and readmissions and improves their self-care, quality of life and confidence to face everyday tasks”.
HumanItCare is a telemedicine tool for the remote monitoring of patients. The pilot project consisted of telemonitoring patients with heart failure, through their mobile application, thanks to the recording of health and physical activity data that they themselves carry out at home, using a digital scale, a blood pressure monitor, a LifeVit OL-750 pulse oximeter and an activity bracelet. Different indicators are monitored for each patient: heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, physical activity, sleep patterns, weight and fluid intake, following the guidelines stipulated by the health professionals on their mobile app.
The results of this pilot test are very positive. After three months, telemonitored patients are 33% less likely to visit the emergency room for their ailment, the readmission rate is 20% lower than average and the average hospital stay is one day less (4.7 days for telemonitored patients compared to 5.7 days for the rest). In addition, most patients improve their adherence to treatment, intensify their self-care because they see their progress in the application, and feel more confident and at ease knowing that a healthcare professional receives all the information immediately and notifies them if they have to make any changes in their medication or have to go to hospital.
The results also show that patients who used HumanITcare:
Had a lower readmission rate.
Reduced the number of emergency visits by 33%.
Increased their adherence to treatment.
They got into the habit of controlling their weight.
100% of them were in contact with their doctor in emergency situations 3 months after starting.
They felt calmer, less sad or discouraged and had more energy.
They reduced their intake of alcohol and stimulant drinks.
70% said they were very satisfied with using the app.
100% of them say they would use the app frequently to monitor their health symptoms.
92% of them would recommend the app.
The results also show that of the healthcare professionals who used HumanITcare :
100% of them say that the app improves clinical service, saves time on visits and meets the need for remote care.
They all say it is easy to use and easy to learn to use.
All of them confirm that the platform fulfils its expected functionalities.
This telemonitoring has also provided extra motivation for patients to improve their habits and enhance their self-care.