As COVID-19 spreads, the pandemic has the potential to severely affect patients with underlying immune dysfunction, such as those commonly treated with immunosuppressive therapies, as well as cancer patients whose immune systems are often weakened.
Auckland based company The Clinician, which specialises in AI-driven medical monitoring systems, is helping healthcare staff evaluate patients remotely through its platform ZEDOC. Keeping vulnerable patients away from hospitals and GP clinics – and at home in their bubble – is paramount in the current environment.
ZEDOC allows patients to be clinically monitored from home, including seamless collection of vitals from wearable devices. It provides clinicians with a comprehensive dashboard for risk assessment and clinical critical alerts of patient symptoms, by highlighting concerning changes in their health status.
The platform offers outcome measurement for multiple medical specialties – Oncology, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology and many more – but has recently been upgraded with a module to deal with COVID-19. The COVID-19 module ZeSight monitors patients’ progress with automated queries, and triggers alerts to clinicians about high-risk individuals. This helps keep suspected COVID19 patients – as well as those infected but not requiring hospitalization – at home while still providing them with optimal monitoring.
The new module supports a novel contact tracing technology which helps healthcare services control the spread by monitoring patient locations with an accuracy of one meter and notifying any mobile users in their vicinity of a COVID-19 patient’s presence.
Extraordinary measures are necessary to keep vulnerable patients safe while still providing them with optimal care, effectively serve the rapidly expanding patient population and protect healthcare staff from this highly infectious and dangerous pathogen.
“We are seeing expeditious expansion of remote symptom monitoring programs with all of our customers, particularly in Australia, Singapore and Israel, where these healthcare systems are rapidly adopting virtual care technologies as a priority strategy to cope with the additional pressures of the current situation,” says Tamaryn Hankinson, Managing Director at The Clinician.
ZEDOC requires minimal additional resources for healthcare staff, as it seamlessly integrates with their existing workflows. It is highly customisable and scalable, with stringent security compliance, including ISO 27001 certification and approval by the Singapore government’s Security Review Board (SRB).