The Magic that Makes it Happen
Real-time data is at the center of iO's Digital Medicine Programs. The question was how to get it – and make it painless for the patient. Ochsner Health System broke new ground by integrating Apple's HealthKit with its electronic health record system, Epic. Now patient data – such as blood pressure readings or weights – get shared automatically with their care team through their electronic health record.
Instead of relying on a handful of blood pressure readings each year to make medication and lifestyle recommendations, physicians are able to see how patients' numbers are trending week to week.
Subtle weight gain can be a sign of fluid retention in heart failure patients. But with daily data, the patient's care team can spot trouble before it becomes life threatening.
The patient's care team can adjust medications and dosages to find the right balance more quickly thanks to the continuous loop of information.
Staying Healthy in the Digital Age
iO's Digital Medicine Programs put smart technology in the hands of the patients and provide medical teams with real-time data. The following are steps a patient would take:
Patient with hypertension or heart failure joins the appropriate program.
Patient receives smart technology, such as a wireless scale or blood pressure cuff, for at-home use.
Patient is trained to use the devices and starts recording the necessary numbers (such as blood pressure readings or weight).
With each weigh in or blood pressure test, the patient's data automatically integrates with Epic, Ochsner Health System's electronic medical record systems.
The patient's care team monitors the results and intervenes with medication or lifestyle modifications as needed.
Patient and physician receive customized monthly reports to track progress.