- Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Mudit Dandwate, CEO and Co-Founder, Dozee to know more about the options and opportunities in remote vital monitoring by way of contactless sensors.
How has remote monitoring helped the patients and healthcare workers during the pandemic?
Remote healthcare monitoring is a safe and efficient system to measure a person’s vitals without any physical contact. The process is seamless, continuous and Rextremely accurate. During the pandemic, we have seen good traction among individual consumers as well as hospitals for two reasons.
Firstly, remote vitals monitoring helps hospitals continuously monitor the patient vitals by converting each bed to a step-down ICU, that keeps track of their heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation, sleep stages, stress-recovery and more with a medical-grade 98.4% accuracy. The contactless sensor, placed under the mattress captures real-time body vitals without using any external wires or touching the user’s body whenever the person is on bed. Doctors and nurses who spend considerable amount of time in contact with patients just to collect their vitals can now be more efficient as the data is collected automatically throughout the patient’s hospital stay and can be monitored using the connected app. During Cocvid-19, many healthcare professionals have been infected by patients, which can be mitigated using remote monitoring.
Secondly, individuals can also use the device at-home to monitor their own vitals every night. Often doctors recommend monitoring the patient’s vitals for a few weeks after they are discharged from the hospital. Using Dozee, one can keep track of their readings, and share them with the doctor. The device also alerts the user if their readings are unusual so that health deteriorations can be timely prevented.
How does continuous vitals monitoring help make nurses more efficient?
A nurse spends about 30-45 minutes per patient a day monitoring their vitals. Each reading is done using a different device and records are manually maintained for the doctors. These vitals are shared with doctors remotely, usually after clicking photos or shown whenever doctors visit the ward. The vitals collection process has not changed in decades, and nurses are often overburdened due to this task. This entire process can be automated using continuous vitals monitoring as one device can measure and record the patient’s readings throughout their hospital stay and is readily available for the doctors to monitor remotely. Since the process is continuous, it is more credible as spot checking can sometimes be inaccurate. The nursing staff can also be safer as their physical interactions with patients is limited.
How has Dozee helped to scale up remote vital monitoring ?
Dozee’s AI-enabled device is a one-stop shop for all vitals monitoring requirements. Once installed at the hospital, the system can gather data from all the connected beds and continuously measure the vitals, which can be a reference for doctors through remote dashboard.
Ours is the only device in the Indian market that is able to do the function of vitals monitoring without any physical intervention, which for hospitals is an essential feature.
The device is not only portable and easy to install, but is also built in a way that nurses and doctors can easily analyze the recorded data, as there is less of a learning curve for them. We ensure that the staff can easily transition from the traditional devices to Dozee very quickly. Whether there are 50 beds or 500 beds, the Dozee system can easily be scaled throughout the hospital.
Tell us more about the product development and your future plans ?
Our product in its current version has come into place after 4 years of R&D. We have worked extensively with doctors, hospitals and healthcare experts to understand the needs of the patients and doctors and iterated every feature to best suit the needs of the users. We plan to continue working on our AI so that it becomes even more efficient in decoding the health data and identifying illnesses and diseases faster. We also plan to extend our suite of services in the future to provide consumers with a holistic platform for all their healthcare needs. We are especially expanding the scope of our data science to ensure Dozee can accurately predict specific disorders, esp. in neurology, pulmonology and cardiology space.
On the hospital front, we are seeing good traction this year and we have partnered with over 30 hospitals already. We are planning to scale across the country and have our devices at many more wards. Currently in India, only 1 lac beds are being continuously monitored and there are about 19 lac beds which are dependent on human intervention. We hope to bridge this gap in the coming years.