Lung Transplant Patients use Telehealth at Home
SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AidCube, a health tech company that enables health plans and healthcare providers to deliver home-based pulmonary rehabilitation, announced today that UCSF's Department of Pulmonary & Critical Care will conduct trials with the AidCube platform for home-based pre- and rehabilitation of lung transplant patients. The new partnership allows UCSF to provide mobile-enabled support to patients, while delivering evidence-based programs in physical rehabilitation coupled with nutrition optimization and patient education.
Despite an overhaul in the system for donor lung allocation to reduce death rates on the waiting list, nearly 1 in 5 patients listed for lung transplantation dies before receiving a suitable donor offer. After transplant, there are trends towards increasing complications in the perioperative period; the immediate post-transplant hospital stay lasts more than a month for one in four patients and half are discharged to places other than home without in-home nursing support (e.g. skilled nursing facility).
"Given geographic and financial limitations of access to traditional pulmonary rehabilitation programs in the United States, the AidCube home rehabilitation program has the potential to fill a large void. Further, by targeting frailty specific deficits, we hope to ultimately reduce waiting list mortality and improve outcomes after lung transplantation," says Dr. Jonathan Singer, Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF.
The patients use an app with a personalized to-do-list that helps them follow each step in their treatment plan. The app contains different exercises, surveys, breathing lessons and Fitbit activity tracking, which is continuously monitored and adjusted by the UCSF care team. In this way, the care team can access an overview of patients' health status and communicate through build-in secure messaging or video chat. To learn more, visit www.aidcube.com
The AidCube platform helps care providers increase patient engagement by facilitating online prescriptions of personalized exercises, condition-specific questionnaires and advice on medication and nutrition. This suite of tools is available to patients through the AidCube App, which can be accessed anywhere, at any time.
The AidCube platform is used by more than twenty healthcare providers in Denmark and the United States, to deliver home-based pulmonary rehabilitation. In collaboration with UCSF, the platform has been customized to meet the specific needs to treat frailty in lung transplant candidates.
AidCube will participate in the American Thoracic Society 2016 Conference in San Francisco, where the rehabilitation platform will be showcased. Sign-up at www.aidcube.com/ats2016/
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