In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, hospitals have had to come up with alternative solutions to care for their patients and ensure they have enough beds in the event of a surge. So, Dr. John Dingilian, Chief Medical Officer at Adventist Health Simi Valley, and his colleagues decided to launch a possible solution called the virtual “hospital at home.”
Patients are equipped with a high-tech tablet and a computerized watch and can receive acute care from the comfort of their own bed. Staff based at the hospital’s command center are connected to those devices and monitor patients’ blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen.
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Just like a nurse call light at a hospital, a patient can press a button and get help from a rapid response team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and X-ray techs, etc. “We’re starting out with diagnoses that we feel we can care for appropriately. Things like cellulitis, early pneumonia, asthma and COPD exacerbations,” Dingilian said.