Iowa children's hospital launches tablet-based remote monitoring program

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City tapped Charlottesville, Va.-based Locus Health to provide patients and their families with software to monitor vital health information from home.

The Locus Health platform is available as an app for both tablets and smartphones. Families of high-risk shunt-dependent pediatric cardiology patients receive a tablet loaded with the app prior to leaving the hospital, replacing physical binders full of information and health tracking forms.

Once home, the families use the platform to transmit real-time data, including weight, heart rate and oxygen levels, directly to providers. The HIPAA-compliant platform also offers educational materials and videos; photo, video and text messaging capabilities; and patient portals for easier access to providers.

On the provider side, the Locus Health platform integrates directly into EHR systems, allowing clinical care teams to manage mass amounts of data more quickly and efficiently. Clinician apps and dashboards can be fully configured to fit seamlessly into existing workflows.

UI Stead Family Children's Hospital joins more than 20 pediatric hospitals across the U.S. and Canada in offering the Locus Health platform for remote patient monitoring and increased engagement.

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