The province of Tyrol and the Medical University of Innsbruck (MedUni) enable Covid-19 patients in home quarantine in Tyrol to use a telehealth solution on request to monitor their health status at home. With the support of this telehealth system, health data is monitored by a team from MedUni Innsbruck in order to quickly identify a significant deterioration and initiate further steps to care for the patient. The telemedicine solution is based on the AIT Telehealth Platform of the Digital Health Information Systems Competence Unit of the Center for Health & Bioresources.
According to ORF, Gerhard Pölzl, the medical director of the project, sees the closest possible monitoring of symptoms in patients in quarantine at home as an efficient way to cope with the current Covid19 situation. Positively tested patients can use the system "With an ear or skin sensor and a mobile phone app, the patient's data is transmitted to a team of around 20 people at the Medical University of Innsbruck, who guarantee monitoring around the clock, seven days a week," says Pölzl. The sensors automatically measure body temperature, oxygen saturation and breathing rate and inform the medical staff in case of emergency.
With HerzMobilTirol, the system has already been in regular care since 2017 for patients with heart failure. AIT builds on years of experience in the development of telehealth solutions. Telehealth projects have been successfully implemented together with long-standing partners such as the province of Tyrol, the province of Styria and the BVAEB. AIT is a pioneer and trailblazer in research and care for digital healthcare in Austria with 19 years of expertise in telemonitoring and therapy management and over 1.5 million telemonitoring days of experience. AIT has developed and tested eHealth and mHealth technologies to support disease management programmes and integrated care models in national and international research projects.