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.