GE Healthcare and AMC Health have announced a collaboration that allows clinicians to offer remote patient monitoring (RPM) as a virtual care solution extending patient care to the home environment. GE Healthcare offers acute patient-monitoring in the hospital setting, while AMC Health provides RPM solutions leveraging an FDA Class II 510(k)-cleared platform with analytics. Coupling AMC Health’s broad suite of solutions and GE Healthcare’s large install base in the United States could ultimately bring these RPM solutions to more healthcare providers and patients.
“Pairing AMC Health’s RPM suite with GE Healthcare’s clinical monitoring offering will extend care beyond the clinical setting and enable more patients to continue to receive quality care from the comfort of their homes, delivering healthcare without limits,” said Ashutosh Banerjee, general manager diagnostic cardiology and remote patient monitoring, GE Healthcare, in a company statement. “AMC Health was selected as our partner due to their established and proven success engaging with patients to measure numerous biometrics in the home to extend the continuum of care.”
AMC Health’s holistic solution enables a clinical team to focus on the whole patient and their unique, often complex health conditions. Using an RPM solution that is tailored to each individual allows for effective treatment, providing patients with access to easy-to-use, convenient monitoring technology outside the hospital walls, while providing near real-time data to their clinician in support of treatment decisions. Home monitoring of biometrics for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension, for example, provides the care team with episodic data, providing a more complete picture of the patient’s condition.
More than 133 million Americans live with a chronic disease, and almost a third of the population lives with multiple chronic conditions, contributing to 90% of the $4 trillion annual national healthcare expenditure, according to company sources. Managing these costly chronic conditions involves monitoring, surveillance, and ensuring the patient adheres to their care plan to avoid deterioration of their condition or unnecessary costly hospital admissions. GE Healthcare highlighted that by leveraging AMC Health’s RPM platform and data analytics, hospitals, payers, and providers can implement a seamless strategy to coordinate care transitions as well as influence healthy behaviors, and promote self-management of chronic conditions, with clinician guidance.
RPM complements GE Healthcare’s existing hospital-based virtual care environments of Command Center, MURAL Virtual ICU, and Digital Central Monitoring Unit. The companies ultimately aim to collaborate to integrate this hospital data and home data together into the Edison Health database — part of GE Healthcare’s Edison Health platform — so that hospitals can monitor their patients at home, post-discharge. It will provide clinicians with longitudinal data for more complete information when making decisions related to patient health.