LifePod. The solution for COPD.
The patient and caregiver were constantly connected through a technical solution – this set up made patients feel secure and safe in their homes. For one-third of the patients, an acute exacerbation could be avoided.
RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) was responsible for the project and conducted it together with Karolinska University Hospital, Swedish Heart and Lung Association and several partners including Cross Technology Solutions. The goal for the project was to test and create sustainable solutions for remote care tracking of patients with chronic disease. The national COPD-project has shown outstanding results, both for the patients and regarding health economics.
For one-third of the patients, an acute exacerbation could be avoided. The patients expressed strongly that they felt secure and safe at home because they were followed by the caregiver remotely. Most of the patients wished to continue with the remote solution when the project had come to an end.
Patients got more and deeper information about their health condition which helped them stay healthier. They felt comfortable with the constant possibility to contact the care giver by video link. Patients also expressed the higher secureness of their individual health situation at home. After the project, most of the patients wanted to keep on using the LifePod platform.
Look at the film below. Carina Levander has COPD and tested the solution at home in Vadstena 2017.
- The analysis is based on around 20 patients which tested the remote care tracking set up in their homes up to ten weeks. Main outcomes are avoided acute exacerbations and reduction in emergency room visits achieved through early medical interventions (proactive care).
- 50 virtual medical rounds were carried out and 79 medical interventions were done during the study
- 60% of the patients were treated with a medical intervention which reduced the risk for readmission
- 37% of the patients avoided an acute exacerbation by recognizing early changes and then taking actions
- Between 400 000 to 2 million SEK were saved by avoided readmissions. The early detection of changes in the health condition and early treatment of an exacerbation are the primary reasons for the cost savings.*
The analysis is based on 20 patients who were monitored remotely during six to ten weeks.
LifePod. Evolving healthcare, everywhere.