Vitalhub (VHI.V) offers technical solutions to hospitals for the pandemic

We all have to do our part to fight this pandemic. Vitalhub (VHI.V), in a bid to do theirs, is making their making care appropriate for patients (MCAP) solution and evidence-based clinical criteria through its rapid assessment for discharge readiness (RADR) solution available to hospitals.

MCAP is a patient flow solution based on combined quality and value scores in the NHS England’s clinical utilization review framework, and RADR is a derivative of MCAP, used to help hospitals with discharge planning. It’s been used in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East, including more than 160 hospitals in the UK.

“The pandemic has put an extreme burden on hospitals worldwide. We are proud to offer a solution that can assist hospitals to safely discharge patients who can be treated elsewhere including at home. RADR provides a standardized assessment using evidence-based criteria that will enable hospitals to optimize capacity in response to the actual and anticipated surge,” said David Maltz, chief medical officer of Vitalhub.

The RADR solution is being offered to assist hospitals to help them with quick and adequate discharges while they turn over beds to support the influx of patients with COVID-19. RADR will allow for the rapid identification of large numbers of patients to be discharged safely, and identify barriers in the way of the discharge process.

The solution is applicable to hospitals globally. Vitalhub hosts RADR, and it is accessible via any device capable of accessing the internet, such as a desktop, tablet or smartphones. There aren’t any immediate privacy issues, as no personal health information is requested or stored on the device. The program allows for self-registration and is user friendly.

Waterloo for COVID-19 pandemic

The company deployed its COVID-19 electronic screening tool to the Sunnyside Home Long-Term Care facility in the Waterloo region, in support of its response for the pandemic. The company developed the tool after Sunnyside Home requested a solution to manage and conduct ongoing resident screening for symptoms of COVID-19.

Vitalhub originally designed its DOCit mobile app to deal with these types of screening initiatives. It allows care facilities to configure and deploy any kind of screening or recurring task, allowing extremely high visibility compliance and reporting standards for care providers, operations staff and health authorities at a national, provincial or regional level.

“The current COVID-19 crisis presents a very appropriate use-case illustrating the value and power of the DOCit app. As a home-specific, configurable assessment, the DOCit solution provides more in-depth analysis of COVID patients, equipping care providers with the ability to identify symptom trending and clusters of affected individuals quickly and early on, which we have learned is of critical importance in fighting the pandemic. Given the increased risk of severe outcomes, we believe enabling nursing homes and other at-risk facilities with these tools is very important,” said Dan Matlow, chief executive officer of Vitalhub.

Sunnyside Home is using this tool as one of their pro-active and early warning measures to protect its residents and staff. Care providers are required to screen all residents at regularly scheduled times throughout the day, and identify anyone showing symptoms of acute respiratory distress, including documenting temperature, worsening cough, shortness of breath and headache. After which, responses to inputs in the app trigger escalation to relevant care staff in real time, and action can be taken. Sunnyside Home has already identified clusters of symptoms using the tool, and taken measures in these cases to minimize the potential transmission risk.

—Joseph Morton

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