Auburn Hills-based CJPS Medical Systems Tuesday announced the availability of VitalPoint, a medical device capable of measuring patients’ vital signs from home, while allowing direct communication with their caregiver, and generating and saving HIPAA-compliant electronic medical records.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight out of 10 older Americans are living with the health challenges of one or more chronic diseases, ones that are long lasting, incurable, or recurrent. For these patients, prevention of reoccurrence and health monitoring are critical to their recovery, safety and quality of life, for which remote patient monitoring such a VitalPoint has been shown to be effective. That monitoring can help older adults slow progression of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and end-stage renal disease.
CJPS says VitalPoint offers an intuitive touch screen menu which was specifically designed for the older population. Patients can receive automatic reminders, instructions, or custom questions from the caregiver, and easily respond or send information without any technical knowledge, by simply pressing their answer right onto the screen. This way, they practically go through an interactive set of questions that are typically asked by a physician or a nurse, and which differ depending on the previous set of answers they provided.
This single device can monitor blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, weight, glucose level, prothrombine time and ratios, temperature, fluid status, and provide electrocardiogram data. The ability of the caregivers to remotely monitor patients’ conditions using their computer, iPad, PDAs or cell phone, help them focus on the most critical patients, thus optimizing resources and providing care where and when patients need it most. To avoid data overload, the caregiver can easily set up alerts for any data being taken, and only be paged if the patient is not compliant and does not “connect” to send scheduled measurements such as blood pressure readings, or if the patient’s data is outside the physician’s pre-set range.
CJPS says these systems could save the U.S. healthcare system over $200 billion during the next 25 years if they were used in just a handful of chronic diseases on patients 65 years old and older, not only through treatment compliance monitoring, but also from risky event prevention. Chronic disease accounts for three quarters of America’s direct health expenditures, and chronically-ill patients cost 3.5 times a much to serve compared to others, and account for 80 percent of all hospital bed days and 96 percent of homecare visits.
“Everyone agrees that the only way to provide better care to a rapidly aging population while reducing health care costs, given the shortage of nurses and physicians, is to enable and deploy home care monitoring,” said Christophe Sevrain, the CEO of Michigan-based CJPS Medical Systems. “Patients’ compliance to their treatment regimen, and the monitoring of their health to prevent adverse effects are absolutely critical to not only a reduction in the cost of care, but also to the quality of life of these patients affected by chronic diseases.”
In addition, this particular system combines these vital signs monitoring data with other patients’ data such as allergies, prescriptions, treatments, medical history, and insurance information.
CJPS last week announced the final acquisition and integration of the technology, which it acquired from Troy-based Delphi Corp. The company will run VitalPoint out of a 50,000-square-foot building in Auburn Hills.
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