Health Wearables

Mercy Virtual Creates a New mHealth Care Model

The world’s first virtual care center, Mercy Virtual, is experimenting with an mHealth patch, which will allow doctors to monitor a patient’s vitals at home.

The telehealth hospital, based in St. Louis, has been using VitalConnect’s VitalPatch sensor and Vista Solution for over a year now, allowing physicians to monitor up to eight biometric signs of their patients staying in partner hospitals.

The VitalPatch is a fully disposable wireless biosensor patch, which discreetly affixes to a patient’s skin. Monitoring its wearers ECG, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture, fall detection and activity for up to 120 hours.

In 2019 Mercy Virtual will advance to using this technology outside of the hospital, fitting patients suffering from congestive heart failure and pneumonia with the VitalPatch. The solution will allow health care providers to monitor a patient’s vital signs, despite no longer being in their direct care.

Designed by VitalConnect a company founded in 2011 in Silicon Valley, who specialize in healthcare technology. The VitalPatch was first tested in 2016 at Partners HealthCare’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where Dr. David Levine, raved about the new technology. “We are in a very exciting era of medicine where clinical-grade biosensors and analytics are capable of delivering continuous physiological insight that was traditionally only available in the hospital environment.”

Mark Saxon, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Mercy Virtual, feels VitalPatch is the solution to the constricting and uncomfortable wires-based sensors.

Saxon explains that mHealth programs such as VitalPatch are “changing the face of medicine” as part of shift from “predictive or proactive healthcare.” “By synching with smart devices in the home and integrating with the hospital’s electronic health platform, these technologies can give providers a real-time view of their patients. Add in AI technology, and the platforms can help providers identify health concerns before they become serious and intervene.”