Contact-free continuous monitoring solutions company EarlySense has launched InSight, a product line extension designed for facilities aiming to reduce hospital readmissions and falls. Leveraging the company’s hospital technology, InSight provides a continuous vital sign monitoring tool that allows clinicians to detect early patient deterioration in a simple and flexible interface.
Cost-optimized for post-acute care settings, including skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, InSight provides advanced warning of cardiac and respiratory changes, serving as a tool for nurses to intervene earlier, reducing risk of re-hospitalization. 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,” says Avner Halperin, CEO of EarlySense, in a release. “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 implementing our solution 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 utilizing EarlySense’s 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 and 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. Adoption of continuous monitoring by skilled nursing facilities will play an important role in discharge planning, while strengthening relationships between hospitals and rehab facilities,” says Perry An, MD, chief operating officer, Division of Hospital Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass. “As the healthcare industry continues to face increasing CMS readmission penalties, there is a clear need for a solution that enables delivery of a high standard of care and prevents hospital readmissions.”
InSight utilizes a contact-free sensor placed under a resident’s mattress to continuously monitor vital signs 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/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,” says Zachary Palace, MD, medical director at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. “Since we began using EarlySense, we have reduced the frequency of patient falls by almost 40%, and have seen a significant reduction in the number of re-hospitalizations.”