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By Rich Handley

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Reduces Hospital Readmissions via Remote Patient Monitoring

In an effort to keep patients safe and healthy in their own homes, the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Hospital has deployed Current Health's AI-enabled wearable platform to remotely monitor discharged patients. By analyzing real-time health data collected by Current Health, Dartford and Gravesham's clinicians and staff members have reprioritized home visits based on criticality, resulting in a 22 percent reduction in home visits, while freeing up skilled nursing time and resources.

Serving more than 500,000 people, Dartford and Gravesham is among the largest hospital trusts in North Kent, England, and its goal is to increase care closer to home in order to improve patient outcomes. Dartford and Gravesham selected Current Health as its remote patient monitoring (RPM) deployment partner because it sought to use wearables and sensors to help patients avoid hospitalizations, minimize readmissions and reduce emergency department visits.

The facility's Hospital at Home team was trained to use the Current system in less than an hour, and were monitoring patients within 24 hours of deployment. The solution alerts the team if a patient's health shows signs of deterioration, providing an early-warning system to provide faster intervention and prioritize patient needs. The Trust achieved a 92 percent patient adherence rate, which is above the typical industry rate of 50 percent, with patients reporting that they felt safer and more secure.

"The value of Current was demonstrated in our very first patient – a chronically unwell patient who suffered a decline in oxygen saturation, which Current detected sooner than standard care would have caught it, letting us intervene earlier and in the patient's home," said Neil Perry, Dartford and Gravesham's CIO, in a prepared statement. "With Current, we've seen the ability to deliver intervention at a far earlier point and prevent hospital readmission."

The Current device is worn on a patient's upper arm, where it continually and passively collects vital signs with ICU-level accuracy to provide an automated picture of human health. Its proprietary artificial intelligence platform analyzes patient data, offering actionable and proactive insights into the wearer's health.

The Hospital at Home service comprises a multidisciplinary team of nurses and physiotherapists experienced in managing complex patients at home, including those with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The team identifies which patients can be appropriately managed at home, then links them to the Current system. Patients are sent home with two Current wearables: a Homehub and a charger. They can then plug in the Homehub to receive in-home Wi-Fi service and securely transmit data across the cellular network.

"Dartford and Gravesham is an exemplary hospital committed to improving the complete patient healthcare experience, with both clinicians and patients alike benefiting from such a proactive approach," said Christopher McCann, Current Health's CEO, in the prepared statement. "Not only was preventative care made a reality for patients far earlier than standard care expectations, but patients reported feeling safer and more secure wearing the Current device—this is one of the greatest benefits we can ever expect to realize as a team."

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