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EarlySense wireless monitoring tool helps reduce hospital readmissions

Steve Rogerson
October 11, 2016
 
Israeli medical monitoring company EarlySense has launched a continuous vital-sign monitoring tool that allows clinicians to detect early patient deterioration in a simple and flexible interface.
 
Called InSight , it is designed for facilities aiming to reduce hospital readmissions and falls.
 
Cost-optimised for post-acute care settings, including skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, it provides advanced warning of cardiac and respiratory changes, serving as a tool for nurses to intervene earlier, reducing risk of re-hospitalisation. By providing real-time alerts to a central nursing station, tablets and mobile devices, staff can respond quickly.
 
"With InSight, we've created an easy-to-use in-room solution that monitors residents while updating staff in real time of any changes detected in their conditions," said Avner Halperin, CEO of EarlySense. "This means clinicians can detect patient deterioration early, as well as keep patient fall episodes to a minimum, resulting in fewer hospital readmissions and penalties. Additionally, facilities can provide patients and their families a high level of confidence and peace of mind, knowing that clinical teams will be notified at an early sign of risk."
 
In addition to early response success in cases of cardiac and/or respiratory concerns that have developed, medical institutions using the technology have reported significant reductions in falls, a common cause of hospital readmissions. Approximately one-third of individuals over 65 have significant fall episodes each year, and the risk increases proportionately with age. In post-acute settings, such falls may have major implications, due to financial penalties imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on hospitals that readmit released patients.
 
"We've documented dozens of cases in which EarlySense has alerted our staff and allowed us to assist patients at the right time, to prevent deterioration," said Perry An, chief operating officer of the division of hospital medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. “Adoption of continuous monitoring by skilled nursing facilities will play an important role in discharge planning, while strengthening relationships between hospitals and rehab facilities. As the healthcare industry continues to face increasing CMS readmission penalties, there is a clear need for a way to enable delivery of a high standard of care and prevent hospital readmissions."
 
InSight uses a contact-free sensor placed under a resident's mattress to monitor vital signs continuously without any leads or cables. The sensor relays continuous data, including heart rate, respiratory rate and motion statistics, to a clinician's connected device, as well as to a central nursing station. In addition to providing real-time monitoring and alerts, InSight can generate daily reports on patient and resident status and benchmark analyses. It also has the ability to be integrated with electronic medical record systems.
 
"Our staff appreciates a system that is reliable and easy to use, enabling improved monitoring coverage and providing advanced warning of potentially serious events," said Zachary Palace, medical director at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. "Since we began using EarlySense, we have reduced the frequency of patient falls by almost 40 per cent, and have seen a significant reduction in the number of re-hospitalisations."
 
EarlySense’s MyEarlySense smart home-compatible consumer product brings hospital-proven technology to the home, providing data regarding wellness and sleep. The OEM technology is at the core of wellness and sleep products marketed by international partners including Samsung, Beurer and iFit.
 
EarlySense was founded in 2004 and has offices in Massachusetts, USA, and Ramat Gan, Israel.