Ensocare Expands Care Coordination Solutions with Wearable Technology

by Jill Reeves, MHA on Nov 22, 2017

Sync and Connect Provide Hi-Tech Options to Engage an Entire Care Team

We live in an age of Smart devices. Between cellphones, fitness trackers and portable gaming systems, many adults and children have no less than two or even three internet-equipped devices on them at all times. 

Smart WatchOur refrigerators and microwaves can get WiFi. Our living room lights, alarms, and sound systems can be programmed from our phone. We have in-home devices that we can literally shout at to order us coffee and paper towels from Amazon. 

The internet of things, i.e. the combination of all those items in our daily lives that are connected to the web, is upon us. 

With wearable technology and Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-equipped devices now readily available and easier to use than ever, we stand on the cusp of a new age of in-home care. Ensocare’s Sync and Connect solutions have captured the promise of this new technology and provide monitoring capabilities that simply wouldn’t have been possible even a few years ago, making it more feasible for patients to transfer home for their continued care rather than stay in a post-acute setting or rehab center.

Hospital-Level Monitoring…Outside the Hospital

For the longest time, the main reason many patients remained in a post-acute hospital facility was because their health statistics need to be monitored so that care plans could be adjusted as necessary, and you simply couldn’t do those things outside of a care facility.

But wearable tech makes it easier than ever to track this vital information. The passive collection of data is the secret sauce to compliance.  We literally forget we are wearing them and the magic happens. With apps designed to transmit vitals to the care team, the patient is afforded a degree of independence that they may have thought impossible. They, their in-homecaregiver and their family members are able to “make the rounds,” so to speak, checking in at regular intervals and recording the information deemed essential by a physician.

A patient no longer needs to be in an extended stay facility for an expert to track this information. Hospital-level monitoring is available from home, and that’s great news for a patient’s independence.

A United Care Team

The advent of health tracking apps also means the care team can be united like never before. 

No longer are caregivers reliant on different platforms, faxes, telephone calls and physical check-ins to relay details to one another. Wearable tech means each individual is provided with precisely the data they need to help their patients maintain good health while sticking to the care plan.

Sync and Connect embraces mobile technology

With Ensocare Sync, for instance, all caregivers, including physicians, nurses, rehab professionals, in-home assistants, family members and the patients themselves, are connected, the care plan relayed to all persons. Updates go through this same system, with each person able to note when benchmarks have been met, when their role needs to shift to accommodate changing circumstances or when intervention is necessary.

Instant Intervention

For so long, physicians and caregivers have had to go on blind faith that their patients are sticking to the care plan prescribed. That isn’t the case with wearable tech. Health trackers mean the necessary parties are alerted the instant a step in the care plan is missed.

Did your patient skip an appointment? The physician can check in with the patient or his or her caregiver to determine what happened. Was a medication time missed? The in-home caregiver can consult with the patient about why that occurred and provide assistance to make sure it doesn’t happen again. These interventions reduce the risk of readmission and help a patient remain independent longer than may otherwise be possible.

Patient Participation

This new normal also brings with it a benefit for both patients and caregivers: patient participation.

The loss of control over their health and their schedule can be detrimental to a patient’s mental wellbeing, which then takes a toll on physical health. Wearable tech gives them back some of the control they’ve yearned for since being checked in to the hospital.

Using the Ensocare Connect app, patients are encouraged to track the statistics deemed vital by a physician. They can gauge blood pressure readings, track nutritional intake, monitor glucose and more, either independently or with the help of a family member or in-home caregiver.

This provides the patient with an active interest in their own health, making it easier to maintain a prescribed schedule. He or she receives alerts about appointments, medication, food, exercise and more. This also provides more opportunities for interaction with caregivers, as the patient can easily respond to or compose messages, ask questions and provide updates

Patient Education

The other aspect of wearable tech that’s so helpful for patients is the education component.

Ensocare Connect actually provides caregivers with a means of disseminating educational information that helps patients and their families stay on track with the care plan and, perhaps more importantly, understand the situation and why that care plan was deemed necessary in the first place.

These insights are made possible outside of the hospital with wearable tech.

A New Age of Patient Independence

Wearable tech can be so much more than a step tracker.

With the right apps installed, it’s possible to transform the way healthcare is administered to patients requiring post-acute care. The strengthened communication means patients are afforded an unprecedented degree of independence, while caregivers, both those in the home and those at the hospital, remain connected to their patients, mitigating the most dangerous risks and ensuring the best shot at a full and steady recovery.

Wearable tech is the next frontier of in-home care. Ensocare is excited to be on the cutting edge of bringing this technology to care teams and the patients they serve.

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Meet the Author

Jill Reeves has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked exclusively in the fields of market research, statistical analysis and healthcare interactive/digital marketing. Before joining CQuence Health Group as marketing manager, Jill was director of communications and new media for PRC, a nationwide healthcare market research organization. Jill earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from Bellevue University and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. She is a published author and avid student of social media and emerging communication trends.