USA — GE Healthcare and AMC Health have collaborated to help clinicians offer Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solutions to chronic and post-acute care patients at their homes.

The collaboration aims to create a scalable, customized RPM solution that enables effective treatment outside the hospital, while providing near real-time data to the clinician.

GE Healthcare will combine its acute patient monitoring capabilities in the hospital setting with AMC Health’s expertise in RPM solutions leveraging an FDA Class II-approved platform.

The collaboration will extend the continuum of non-acute care for patients after being discharged from the hospital, said GE Healthcare.

AMC Health, founded in 2002, provides a suite of virtual care and remote patient monitoring solutions that rely on an advanced analytics platform and a simple user interface.

The company’s RPM platform, data analytics, hospitals, and payers will allow providers to implement a streamlined care coordination strategy.

Its suite of solutions, combined with GE Healthcare’s large-scale install base in the US, would make RPM solutions more accessible to more healthcare providers and patients.

Furthermore, AMC Health’s holistic solution enables a clinical team to focus on the whole patient and their unique, frequently complex health conditions as well as anticipate demand for future care, such as potential readmission.

At-home monitoring of chronic disease patients is said to provide the care team with a complete picture of the patient’s condition.

Pairing AMC Health’s Remote Patient Monitoring suite with GE Healthcare’s clinical monitoring offering will extend care beyond the clinical setting and enable more patients to continue to receive quality care from the comfort of their homes, delivering healthcare without limits,” Ashutosh Banerjee, general manager of diagnostic cardiology and remote patient monitoring at GE Healthcare, said in a statement.

Eventually, the companies intend to combine hospital and home data in GE’s Edison Health database. GE announced nearly a year ago that it would spin off its healthcare unit, GE Healthcare, in early 2023.

The company recently disclosed new information about its efforts to divide the conglomerate into three distinct entities. It intends to divide GE Healthcare into four segments: imaging, ultrasound, patient care solutions (including monitoring and digital tools), and pharmaceutical diagnostics.

As a result of its planned spin-off, GE Healthcare will have greater focus and flexibility to serve its customers and invest in growth, and this filing is an important step on that journey.

In a separate development, Validic, a digital health company, is collaborating with Oracle Cerner to make Validic’s remote patient monitoring technology available to Oracle Cerner clients.

According to Validic’s news release, Validic’s technology can directly integrate into Oracle Cerner’s electronic health records (EHR) system, and the company aims to provide remote monitoring technology that improves patient care without putting additional strain on staff.

Validic also provides remote monitoring services to Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, as well as other healthcare systems.

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) holds enormous promise for improving chronic disease management and treatment.

Like other forms of virtual healthcare, RPM’s use increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. General RPM use increased from 91 claims per 100,000 enrollees in February 2020 to 594 claims per 100,000 enrollees in September 2021, according to a study of Medicare beneficiaries published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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