Kaiser Permanente expanding smartwatch partnership with Samsung

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente will expand a program launched with Samsung in 2018 for remote monitoring of cardiac rehabilitation patients, The Wall Street Journal reports.

By the end of 2019, around 4,000 Kaiser Permanente patients had been provided with Samsung smartwatches to track their exercise and medication regimens, and the health system reportedly plans to expand the program to about 5,000 more cardiac rehab patients in 2020.

A yearlong study of 2,300 participants found that more than 87 percent of patients completed the eight-week remote rehab program, compared with an average of less than half of patients enrolled in in-clinic programs, according to a report published in August 2019. Readmission rates for patients using the smartwatch-based program were also significantly lower than those for patients assigned traditional rehab regimens.

More articles on consumerism:
Mayo Clinic embarks on project to create genomic database
UnityPoint leads funding for medical transportation platform
Tampa General to deploy new platform for mobile scheduling, provider matching

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2020. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.

 

Top 40 Articles from the Past 6 Months