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The role of remote patient monitoring in chronic care

Wireless monitors like VitalStream™ can help to drive down the cost of chronic disease management and deliver better patient outcomes.

Chronic disease management (CDM) is one of biggest challenges facing global health. Chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are the leading cause of mortality in the developed world by far, and across the world they are projected to account for 69% of deaths by 2030.

CDM covers the management of a broad range of chronic conditions, from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma to types of cancer, HIV/AIDS, mental disorders, disabilities like visual impairment and certain diseases. For sufferers, clinicians and healthcare systems, they present a heavy burden, both physically and financially. In the US, the treatment of chronic conditions uses 75% of the total healthcare spend.

For over 10 years now, trials have been carried out into the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to manage more of the chronic disease burden remotely. Adoption has been slow, but now, thanks to wireless wearable devices like VitalStream™, there is a viable solution to the substantial health and economic impacts of chronic care.

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VitalStream™ – Ushering in the wireless era of hemodynamic monitoring

Medical practitioners know that even a brief hypotensive event can harm a patient. This is why the ICU employs continuous hemodynamic monitoring to catch the earliest signs of such events and enable prompt intervention.

However, studies have found that post-operative patients returning to the general ward are still at risk of acute hypotensive events leading to cardiac arrest, and a high proportion of such events are not picked up. This highlights the need for continuous hemodynamic monitoring beyond the critical care wards, a need that can be met by wireless hemodynamic monitoring.

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MedTech Innovator Announces Caretaker Medical among Finalists for $500K 9th Annual Industry Competition

MedTech Innovator, the largest accelerator of medical devices in the world, announced that Caretaker Medical have been selected among five finalists out of 1,100 applicants to compete for the title of MedTech Innovator 2021.

“Every year I am more impressed by the caliber of companies that take part in our Accelerator and Showcase programs,” said Paul Grand. “This year’s five finalist companies are developing products that have the ability to really shake up the industry and provide significant value to patients. We are thrilled to be back in-person for our final competition at the conference and we know the live audience will have an extremely tough decision deciding this year’s winner.” Read more about the competition here or learn more about us today.

FDA Clears Caretaker Medical’s Wireless Platform for Continuous Noninvasive Blood Pressure and Hemodynamic Monitoring

We are excited to announce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the company’s next-generation VitalStream™ wireless blood pressure and hemodynamic monitoring platform.

Continuous monitoring of blood pressure is of great importance to detect and treat dynamic changes. Traditionally, blood pressure is measured intermittently with traditional cuffs that miss dangerous blood pressure changes, or it is measured continuously with an invasive arterial line, which is costly, requires a skilled clinician, and is difficult to use. VitalStream was designed to eliminate monitoring gaps associated with intermittent spot-check hemodynamic and vital sign measurements.

The VitalStream wireless platform expands the company’s clinically validated PDA™ waveform analysis technology and AI algorithms to measure blood pressure and hemodynamic parameters with every heartbeat, providing an uninterrupted stream of real-time data that eliminates “blind spots” between manual spot-check measurements, without limiting patient mobility. Read our feature in BusinessWire.

Learn more about VitalStream today.

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