In a changing world, where the next global pandemic may be one flu season away, the time has come to harness digital technology and remote medical devices to push healthcare beyond the confines of a hospital, lab or clinic. We must reach our patients right where they live — at home.
Today, people are seeking more personalized medicine through remote pathways to healthcare.
Up to 80% of Americans say they would prefer telehealth visits and virtual consults with their care providers over in-person visits. Why visit the clinic for a consult if you can video chat with your provider and submit your medical data online? Why visit a hospital or lab for a blood draw if you don’t have to? Why not self-manage your own blood collection and mail it directly to the lab for testing?
The most effective remote patient monitoring programs use self managed specimen and blood collection kits, remote medical devices and technologies to collect bio-fluids and a range of health data from patients at the point of care. Health data gathered and shared remotely may include vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, therapeutic drug levels, creatinine levels, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and electrocardiograms.
It’s time to rethink traditional models of healthcare and science. It’s time to go remote.
Effective remote patient monitoring is a method of healthcare delivery that uses the latest advances in information technology to gather patient data outside of traditional healthcare settings, to provide research scientists, labs and physicians with the tools they need to make data-driven decisions that meet patients’ needs, deliver effective vaccines and therapies, improve public health, and stop a global pandemic in its path.
Patient-centered care and RPM are the wave of the future. Self-managed specimen and blood sample collection that can happen anytime, anywhere is the key to patient-centric care. Many physicians and clinics are now offering patients at-home blood collection kits for finger-stick blood microsampling as a convenient alternative to in-clinic blood draws.
Patients don't need to travel to the clinic or hospital for a venipuncture blood draw with a phlebotomist! Mitra® remote blood collection with VAMS® technology allows patients to easily collect a few drops of blood on a device and mail their samples to the lab. Self-managed blood collection is more comfortable at home and much less stressful. It is also more convenient, reducing the need to take time away from work or school. Care providers receive the blood test results from the lab, and can schedule telehealth consults with patients for follow-up.
At-home blood collection allows a patient to stay right where they are. The patient’s blood samples, shipped to a central lab from the nearest mailbox, provide their physician with the vital health information needed for effective remote patient monitoring.
The physician can schedule routine video chats as virtual “patient meetings” after receiving test results. Remote consults that are integrated with in-clinic visits on an as-needed basis ensure continuity of care and a patient experience that is more comfortable and convenient.
Has your lab been using traditional phlebotomy services with venipuncture or relying on tubes of whole blood samples or serum for testing? Thanks to advances in technology, it is now possible to get a tremendous amount of information from a very small amount of blood. Mitra® remote blood collection with VAMS® technology allows patients to easily collect a few drops of blood on a device and mail their samples to the lab — no phlebotomist or tubes of whole blood are necessary.
Labs can use their current instrumentation to process and analyze Mitra microsamples as dried blood spots, which deliver robust results. Many labs supporting clinicians find that the Mitra device makes RPM possible through its innovative and reliable design and affordable cost.
Healthcare systems and provider networks are bolstering their care ecosystems. Virtual programs are being coordinated through their community hospitals, clinics & labs. Clinical monitoring teams can manage patient enrollment, drop-ship home collection kits, deploy remote-wearable devices, digitally monitor health data, request patients to remotely submit blood samples or other biosamples, and escalate care to video visits, in-home or in-clinic physician consults on a triage basis by following symptoms, data & other emergent criteria. Remote patient monitoring programs give more people access to care from the comfort of their homes and reduce the number of hospital readmissions. Patients feel safer and more secure at home with more frequent communications with their care team.RPM Statistics
Let’s put healthcare in a patient’s hands by offering at-home blood collection kits and remote patient monitoring through chatbots, automated phone calls, email reminders and video consults with providers. The result? More engaged patients who appreciate continuous connections to the care team via telehealth channels.
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(Hydroxychloroquine, IGF-1, Methotrexate, Anti-epileptics, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Tacrolimus, etc.)
Therapeutic drugs benefit patients in a range of disease areas, including kidney disease & transplants, oncology, autoimmune disorders, neurology, mental health, and more. At-home blood collection allows patients and their care team to remotely track therapeutic drug levels for optimal efficacy—something that typically requires frequent follow-up. Remote blood collection keeps vulnerable patients safe at home and reduces unnecessary travel. Explore Module
How can care teams monitor patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, and reduce the number of clinic visits and hospital readmissions stemming from these conditions? Remote monitoring enabled by remote blood collection helps patients and providers manage diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions, supported by digital communications with the team. Coming Soon!
Substance abuse rates are soaring around the world, and addiction treatment specialists seek advanced methods for screening, treating and monitoring patients. Remote blood sampling aids in monitoring patients through all phases of addiction treatment and recovery. Coming Soon!
Pediatric patients with acute or chronic illnesses may dread the frequent clinic visits and blood draws required to manage their conditions. Children and their families appreciate at-home blood sampling and telehealth consults that reduce clinic visits and stress. Coming Soon!
Patients who live far away from hospitals, clinics and medical centers often defer treatment due to challenges with access, transport and scheduling. Care providers can offer at-home blood collection kits and remote patient monitoring to enable continuity of care. Coming Soon!
Hormone testing? Steroid testing? Athletic performance? Microbiome sampling? With portable kits for blood sampling and collection of other bio-fluids, general wellness screening, and even anti-doping screening, can be performed at home, out in the field, and on the go. Coming Soon!
(Immunoassays, Mass Spec, Clinical Analyzers, Liquid Handlers, etc.)
Labs can easily be optimized to process and analyze dried blood samples collected remotely with Mitra devices. Through our work with many labs, we have compiled information on immunoassays, mass spectrometry, clinical analyzers, liquid handlers, and more. Coming Soon!