One of the early breakthroughs in the treatment of COVID-19 was the identification of silent hypoxia – the presence of low blood oxygen levels in a person who might not otherwise seem unwell. This is a symptom that needs to be closely monitored and given urgent medical attention if required.
Sirona care & health were calling people who were being monitored at home three times a day to collect their vital sign readings. As the number of people with COVID-19 increased, this became untenable.
The Oximetry@Home service enables people with COVID-19 to be looked after safely at home.
The individual uses a pulse oximeter to monitor their oxygen saturation levels. These readings, alongside other vital sign readings, including oxygen levels, pulse rate and temperature, are reported to their healthcare team via a choice of communication channels including email, SMS text message or automated telephone call.
Staff view readings on a web-based dashboard and can see who might need intervention, supervision or support. They can also see if someone has not submitted their readings.
An individual’s readings integrate with the GP record including SystmOne and EMIS Web.
Sirona is providing this optional ‘virtual ward’ service for people in high-risk groups across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Inhealthcare supplies regular data reports for clinicians, illustrating the number of patients on the service and their and their progress through the pathway.
- 3,500 + people have been supported by the service since it was launched.*
- 10,000 + calls saved since service was launched.*