US-based Lifeguard Health Networks provides a novel, low-cost, mobile-based model of care for managing a range of conditions, but with a strong focus on integrated cancer care.
LifeguardMobile allows health providers to define care plans that monitor cancer symptoms (i.e. patient reported outcomes), vital sign observations from consumer health devices, medications adherence, exercise, nutrition, sleep and more. Notifications remind a patient to regularly enter data about their adherence to the care plan.
Once data is captured, it flows back to the health provider, where it is automatically assessed against thresholds defined by the oncologist care team in a personalized care plan. Patients whose data violates these thresholds show up on an at-risk patient dashboard and notify the care team to intervene.
In addition, a patient’s family and friends (their circle of care) can be used to provide extra motivation. When a patient reports a single poor symptom score or missed medication, the circle of care is notified, allowing them to try to nudge the patient back to health and compliance.
Where LifeguardMobile really comes into its own is transitional care for cancer patients moving back into community care following hospital treatment. This new model of care allows health providers to undertake early intervention and prevent hospital readmission.