Caretaker Medical has announced that Australia’s first virtual hospital has implemented its wireless vital signs monitors for Covid-19 remote patient monitoring and reporting.

The company said that Caretaker remote monitoring platform will  help reduce the surge capacity on the Australian healthcare system. 

Australia’s’ first virtual hospital programme is claimed to be the brainchild of professor Rod McClure.

Professor McClure, who is the Dean of Medicine at the University of New England, and public health expert, had also served as director at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention for many years and has worked with similar virtual hospitals in the US.

According to Professor McClure, the Caretaker wireless devices will be deployed to monitor Covid-19 patients in their homes who have moderate symptoms of the virus.

The devices will repeatedly track their vital signs, including heart rate, temperature, oxygen saturation, beat-by-beat blood pressure and breathing. 

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McClure added that a team of doctors, assisted by artificial intelligence technology, will continuously monitor their status, and if their conditions worsen, they will bring the patients into the hospital for emergency care.

Professor McClure has launched the virtual hospital project out in order to combat the Covid-19 crisis across Australia.

Caretaker stated that more virtual hospitals will be established to treat coronavirus patients from their homes.

Caretaker president and CEO Jeff Pompeo said: “With Caretaker’s wire-free ability to monitor patients remotely, and the forward thinking from Professor McClure to help Australia with this global pandemic, we will help improve hospital surge capacity and enable medical staff remain safely distanced from COVID-19 patients while continuously monitoring vital signs. 

“Continuous “Beat by Beat” Blood Pressure, Respiration Rate and other vitals are early indications of patient deterioration, and the Caretaker device can trigger faster interventions that save lives. Caretaker brings “ICU Quality” patient monitoring to all points of care, viewable from anywhere in the world without restricting patient mobility.”