VSTAlert/One at UMC

United Methodist Communities Announces Strategic Partnership with VirtuSense and Netsmart to Implement $909K “Game-Changer” Telehealth Grant

United Methodist Communities (UMC) announced strategic partnerships with tech providers VirtuSense and Netsmart to implement telehealth strategies to fight coronavirus.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently awarded UMC the $909,560 grant to fund a remote patient-monitoring platform and telehealth software licenses for its skilled nursing units. Components of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program include resident-based internet-connect remote patient monitoring, video consults and remote treatment.

Larry Carlson, president and CEO of United Methodist Communities, said, “This funding may very well be a game-changer not only for UMC, but for the senior living industry. The overall goals are to improve health outcomes through connected care, reduce the costs of delivering healthcare, maintain the level of healthcare our residents deserve, and to help facilitate connected care among UMC’s partners.”

VirtuSense Technologies (VST), an artificial intelligence company using IoT, machine vison, and AI for providing transformative care, offers both VSTAlert and VSTOne. The former monitors bed and chair exits in resident’s rooms. Unlike a traditional pressure pad, the system’s AI recognizes when a person is about to get up and alerts staff 31-65 seconds before they leave their bed or chair. VSTOne allows clinical staff to monitor high-risk resident rooms remotely in order to reduce in-person contact, lowering the risk of transmitting COVID-19 among their associates or residents while conserving personal protective equipment (PPE).

These platforms use a combination of wearable and machine vision sensors to detect bed and chair exits, enable two-way video communication between residents and associates, and monitor vitals like heart rate, respiratory rate, surface body temp, and oxygen saturation for COVID-19 residents. When abnormalities in vitals and bed exits are detected, alerts are sent directly to the attending associate’s phone and central consoles. The data and analytics support early intervention and promote better resident outcomes.

Deepak Gaddipati, founder and CTO of VirtuSense, states, “We are excited to partner with UMC to bring the next generation of patient care first to the post-acute care market. We believe that continuous remote monitoring is the next step in caring for residents and are honored to have the opportunity to contribute in light of COVID-19.”

“The differentiator of VirtuSense is that they are consistently taking bleeding-edge technology concepts and transforming them in to usable and reliable platforms. The technology represents a step forward today, and in the future will be considered a standard of care,” reports Travis Gleinig, corporate director of information technology at UMC.

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