1. Seamless continuity of care
The first big advantage of wearable vital signs monitoring is the seamless continuity of care. By wearing a monitoring device, patients can have their vital signs continuously measured from the moment they leave their homes until their discharge from the emergency department. A wearable device can be the link between out-of-hospital monitoring and the emergency department.
The out-of-hospital vital signs data can easily be shared with the emergency department, providing important contextual information about the patient’s condition upon arrival. This shared data facilitates more effective communication between healthcare providers, leading to better coordination of care and a smoother transition for the patient. It reduces the risk of errors or gaps in vital signs monitoring and ensures that critical information is readily available to the emergency department staff.
Another advantage of sharing the vital signs data is the optimization of resource allocation, as the triage can be done before arrival at the hospital. As patients approach the emergency department, healthcare professionals can access their real-time vital signs data, providing valuable insights into their condition before their arrival. This information allows for more effective prioritization of patients based on the urgency and severity of their conditions. With this data-driven approach to triage, resources can be allocated more efficiently, ensuring that those with the highest acuity receive prompt attention and appropriate care.
In a first step of showing the use of wearable devices in the seamless continuity of care, Hubner et al., 2015 proved the feasibility of monitoring patients in the waiting room of the emergency department. The healthcare providers stated that they were able to easily identify patients who needed immediate help and the patient reported that they felt safe while being monitored with the wearable devices. The overall feedback showed very good acceptance from patients and healthcare providers.