FDA Expands Access to Remote Monitoring

Last week, MobiHealthNews reported the FDA joined CMS and HIPAA in relaxing regulations to expand access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new policy allows physicians and hospitals to use connected, non-invasive remote vital sign monitors previously cleared by the FDA for the duration of the current public health emergency.

Remote Monitoring Matters

Yes, COVID-19 presents new and significant risks. However, individuals with existing conditions still require care. So, remote monitoring is essential right now. 

Expanded access to clinical electronic thermometers, ECGs, pulse oximeters, respiratory rate or breathing frequency monitors, non-invasive blood pressure monitors, and more could protect vulnerable patients and slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, these new policies include expanded use of certain software and algorithms that work in conjunction with these devices to offer clinical decision support.

With these connected instruments, physicians can check on patients who require regular monitoring for a variety of conditions. And importantly, patients don’t have to risk a visit to a clinic or hospital.

Monitoring Cognitive Function Remotely

Also important: continuing to assess cognitive function when individuals and family members have concerns. 

Researchers estimate that early detection and intervention (i.e., cognitive care planning) can prevent up to a third of dementia cases. And tracking the progression or improvement of cognitive impairment over time offers valuable insight for physicians.

At-Home Cognitive Assessment with BrainCheck

At-home testing and remote monitoring features built into the BrainCheck platform allow physicians to assess and care for patients’ cognitive needs from anywhere

Patients can take a BrainCheck assessment from a computer or Apple iPad. Clinicians can provide instructions and administer assessments over video chat. And once the patient completes the assessment, scores are immediately available in the admin portal. 

BrainCheck provides a simple, accessible way for physician and patients to continue monitoring cognitive health.

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DISCLAIMER: The information provided is general in nature and does not cover all situations or all payers’ rules and policies. This content is not intended to instruct medical providers on how to use or bill for healthcare procedures, including new technologies outside of Medicare national guidelines. Medical providers should consult with appropriate payers, including Medicare fiscal intermediaries and carriers, for specific information on proper coding, billing, and payment levels for healthcare procedures. This information represents no promise or guarantee by BrainCheck, Inc. concerning coverage, coding, billing, and payment levels. BrainCheck, Inc. specifically disclaims liability or responsibility for the results or consequences of any actions taken in reliance on this information.

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