Under the program, Tri-City Medical Center sends a select group of patients considered to be at a high-risk of readmission home with the 2Net Hub platform and the sensors. Using the system, physicians can monitor patient vital signs several times a day and deploy an early intervention when those vital signs are off.
"By better coordinating care for our patients, we're better able to keep them going about their daily activities from the comfort of their own homes," said Tri-City Medical Center CEO Larry Anderson.
The 2Net Hub uses three short range radios to collect data from the biometric sensors and transmit the data to physicians using the 2Net cloud platform. Qualcomm Life, a division of the parent company that develops healthcare technology, said the simplicity of the system should make it easy for other hospitals and health systems to adopt.
"The plug-and-play nature of the 2Net Hub pairs well with Tri-City Medical Center's and VRI's commitment to remote monitoring," said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life in a statement. "And, given the fact the Medicare 30-day Readmission Rule is now in effect across the U.S., this effort could not be timelier."
A Tri-City Medical Center spokesman said the hospital hasn't released results of the program yet but expects to release its findings in 2014 after the pilot has been operating for a full year.