There are many reasons why chronic disease sufferers often bounce between acute and post-acute care facilities. For example, in the acute care hospital, patients are actively cared for by dedicated professionals - their medications are tracked and properly adjusted, diet is followed, and vital signs are monitored. Back in the community, things are often very different. Even with strong support from family and friends, the level of care and understanding of a patient condition can drop off sharply. Managing a chronic disease can be very demanding and depends on lifestyle habits, such as diet, exercise and medication adherence. People are expected to take much more responsibility for managing their own wellbeing.
Fortunately, there are things that can be done to help while still in acute care. This includes education, quick access to care after discharge, and proper discharge timing. Ensuring stable vital signs within the patient’s normal range before discharge has been shown to reduce the likelihood for readmission to acute care.¹ Wearable biosensors could help trending this vital sign information over time, and when needed, continue this trending into the home.
In conjunction with analytics software, periodic sensing of vital signs can help care providers spot the early signs of patient deterioration, allowing them to intervene more quickly.² Automating measurement can help achieve this in a cost effective way and could prevent a readmission that benefits both the person and the provider. Keeping an eye on a person’s vitals in post-acute care and the home with biosensors can help to reduce the odds of a readmission that is costly for both the person and the healthcare system.³