Remote Patient Monitoring in War Zones
Updated: Aug 30, 2022
Wars create demands that peacetime systems often struggle to meet. Civilian casualties, damaged infrastructure, and unplanned migrations easily overwhelm the capacity of local and national governments. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a case in point as millions have been trapped and displaced by his forces’ brutal attacks on population centers, roads, and civil infrastructure. Tragically, his troops have deliberately targeted healthcare infrastructure in multiple locations as part of a determined strategy to break Ukrainian resistance.
Ironically, human catastrophes often accelerate the pace of medical innovations as needs overwhelm traditional barriers to change. For example, Israel’s response to Ukraine’s growing human tragedy included deploying a field hospital to the Western section of the country. On-site humanitarian staff and clinicians face many challenges including limited resources for triaging incoming patients, monitoring those under care, and prioritizing care delivery.
The Israeli field hospital deployed Biobeat's advanced remote patient monitoring technologies as part of its innovative solution for improving care and increasing patient capacity. Patients admitted to its facilities are fitted with the company’s monitoring patches that stream thirteen vitals and related measures to cloud-based data analysis and care management systems. Artificial intelligence and advanced analytics continuously evaluate connected patients, identify those with deteriorating conditions, and apply triage strategies to dynamically prioritize limited resources and care delivery. Clinicians in Israel volunteer their time to evaluate connected patients, provide expert consultations, prescribe, and adjust treatments based on real-time data and trends.
Biobeat’s innovative remote patient monitoring solutions extend services beyond telehealth by exploiting cutting-edge, intelligent technologies to continuously monitor, support, and prioritize patient care. Camps and field healthcare facilities supporting thousands of displaced people are chaotic operations where individuals can fall through the cracks. Smart continuous monitoring, automated triage, and alert systems are game-changers because they improve care delivery while concurrently relieving limited clinical resources from time-intensive activities. Biobeat’s systems also help local and remote managers monitor and trend on-site resource utilization to prioritize the delivery of critical resources and medical supplies. These are indispensable capabilities for meeting medical needs in demanding field conditions.
I will expand on lessons learned using Biobeat’s remote patient monitoring solutions in support of humanitarian relief. They offer important insights for ongoing efforts to make healthcare systems more resilient during natural and manmade catastrophes.