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OSTAR launches "breakthrough" vital signs monitoring system

Iain Morris
August 13, 2014
Telehealth player OSTAR has announced the release of a new cloud-based patient monitoring system designed to track a user’s vital signs while lowering the costs of healthcare provision.

The company described the launch of the OSTAR A300 as a “breakthrough” for so-called accountable care organizations (ACOs), claiming it would lead to productivity improvements among healthcare providers as well as benefits for patients.

“This North American launch of OSTAR A300 brings forth a revolutionary, configurable, nurse-centered approach to remote monitoring,” said Doug Hemenway, OSTAR’s president and chief executive. “Coupled with the extended … battery life, the A300 instantly improves nurse productivity and satisfaction in lockstep with current Care Coordination Requirements.”

OSTAR (Vancouver, WA, USA) says the A300 is based on cloud technology and can be configured based on provider, physician, nurse, chronic disease, drug, ACO metric and other relevant data using a simple integrated bar code scanner.

The device automatically connects to Wi-Fi and mobile phone networks and will seamlessly send data to healthcare providers anywhere in the world, says the company.
OSTAR has also hinted that further vital signs monitoring systems will be launched in the wake of the A300.

“Given the current transformation of healthcare and trend to remote telehealth in the United States, this comprehensive nurse-centered form of remote telehealth changes the game for providers and insurance companies,” said Paul Markham, the president of V3 Healthcare Strategies, a provider of healthcare consulting services. “The concept has the potential to impact shared saving plans in ACOs, while also positively impacting health insurance indicators such as HEDIS, with regards to Medicare Advantage Star Rating programs.”

“The result is reduced cost to healthcare systems and ultimately, to the American healthcare consumer,” he added.
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