October 2016 - Techindia

Month: October 2016

Impact of Implantable Wireless Cardiac Monitor in the Healthcare Industry

Implantable Wireless Cardiac Monitors are the latest advent in cardiac healthcare industry allowing doctors to continuously monitor irregular heartbeat of patients remotely. Being an internally implantable device, there is nothing visible on the outside, allowing patients with spells of unexplained fainting and dizziness lead a much better quality of life. External cardiac monitors are cumbersome, cannot be worn for long periods of time and may miss to record events of syncope and other cardiac irregularities. Implantable cardiac monitors, on the other hand, can be used for up to 3 years to record irregularities automatically.

A Step Ahead, Technically

Few millimeters in size and equipped with long lasting AAA battery, a wireless cardiac device is inserted under the skin and is invisible externally. The new age cardiac monitors have inbuilt algorithms that allow tracking of arrhythmic events without any intervention required on part of the patient. In case of physical symptoms, patient can activate the monitor with an external switch leading to recording of ECG data for several minutes. An inbuilt memory loop means the monitoring will start automatically next time it tracks a similar pattern. Thus, the ICM can be used even during debilitating events without patient intervention, a potentially lifesaving advancement.

Moving over Holter Technology – 24/7 monitoring

Thanks to new age Implantable Cardiac Monitors (ICM), doctors now have access to patient ECG data 24/7.

Holter technology utilized externally attached electrodes sending electric signals from the heart that were transferred to a device logging information. ICM, on the other hand, is inserted inside the skin and does not require patients to activate it. The recorded data is continuously read by a monitor connected to a phone line which sends the information to a website where physicians can access the information remotely. This means patients are monitored continuously, 24/7 anywhere across the world.

The technology empowers doctors to receive information directly from patients’ bedrooms and monitor them from miles away. It has helped doctors understand cases of previously unexplained fainting and detecting heart rhythm irregularities. With ICM, doctors can actually see heart events as they happen, instead of predicting or guessing.

Costs

ICM technology may seem more expensive at the outset, however, the one time cost of inserting a much more advanced ICM turns out to be lesser than frequently spending on Holter. ICM is especially considered to be much more beneficial and cost effective in cases of unexplained fainting and irregularities.

ICM, though a relatively new technology, has revolutionized cardiac healthcare by allowing doctors to remotely observe patients 24/7. It also helps patients lead a better life by dispensing the need of external monitoring devices that are uncomfortable and cumbersome in the long run. Now a small invisible chip allows continuous monitoring for patients without interfering with their lifestyle.

Top 5 Benefits of Outsourcing Sleep Study Scoring

Today’s business models are heavily dependent on outsourcing considering the cost efficiency and efficacy it brings to a process. Even in the healthcare industry, several functions are increasingly being outsourced to reduce the burden on under staffed hospitals to improve efficiency and patient outcomes.

Sleep study is one such area where outsourcing sleep study scoring can have several benefits for both the patients and sleep labs including timely reporting, high quality and reduced workload. The process involves transferring patient data online in a HIPAA compliant fashion duly protecting patients’ privacy, scoring by sleep specialists hired by the offshore service provider and returning results to the sleep lab in a pre-established timeframe. Most sleep scoring companies only hire sleep scorers with prior experience, as quality assurance is a big differentiating factor for these companies.

Leveraging technology to improve patient outcomes is the only way forward for the healthcare industry. Here are top 5 benefits of outsourcing sleep study scoring:

Overcoming staff shortages – Sleep labs across the country are over burdened and understaffed, thanks to a shortage of trained staff and increasing awareness of sleep disorders amongst the population combined with an aging populace. Outsourcing sleep scoring can free up more staff for better patient care. By reducing the workload, it can be an effective measure against staffing issues by allowing employees to take time off and avoid extra shifts preventing employee burn out and improving performance as well as freeing up time for patient follow up.

Faster results – Outsourcing sleep scoring ensures faster turnaround time pivotal to patient health, as undue delays only prolong the treatment. Sleep scoring facilities have dedicated professionals only engaged in analyzing the transferred data resulting in faster assessments meeting strict quality criterion.

Cutting down operational costs – Outsourcing sleep scoring can cut down operational costs by alleviating staff shortages and reducing costs of training employees for sleep scoring. It also increases profitability by reducing overheads in terms of payouts and managing human resource. Outsourcing sleep scoring is also much more cost effective, as off-site service providers usually provide expert services at more affordable rates.

Clearing backlogs quickly – Sleep scoring facilities provide the convenience of high turn around time without compromising on quality. Outsourcing sleep scoring to a third party can help clear backlog quickly with most service providers delivering results in 24-48 hours. This helps physicians to timely diagnose patients resulting in improved care.

Improved patient outcomes – Outsourcing sleep scoring can lead to better patient outcomes in terms of improved care and patient satisfaction due to faster turn around time and freeing up time for sleep specialists at the lab to provide personalized support and follow up with patients.

With more than 80 different kinds of sleep disorders identified, the demand for sleep study is on the rise. As more and more people recognize the importance of a good night’s sleep, sleep labs will have to evolve to accommodate more patients in cost effective manner without compromising on quality and delivering timely results. Sleep scoring outsourcing can be an effective way to achieve these outcomes.