The Value for Health Collaborative Laboratory (VOH.CoLAB) has been working together with Hospital de Santa Marta since January on telemonitoring patients who have undergone cardiac surgery. The use of technology allows patients to be discharged earlier, thus being able to free beds for other patients and reduce costs to the hospital.
Recovery is monitored remotely using a set of devices that include a weighing scale, a tension meter, a mobile phone, and a smart band. The data collected from these technological devices is received by the Collaborative Laboratory, which analyzes it and prepares a report that is shared with the hospital. Based on these conclusions and constant communication with the patient, health professionals are thus able to maintain active surveillance of the health status.
Find out more about this project in this television reporting from Portuguese channel TVI (content in Portuguese).
About Value for Health CoLAB (VOH.CoLAB)
Value for Health CoLAB (VOH.CoLAB) is a non-profit private organization whose mission is to help people and organizations, worldwide, to measure value in health, empowering everyone to take the right decisions. Since November 2018, it owns the “Collaborative Laboratory” title, awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). The multidisciplinary founding partners, NOVA University Lisbon, José de Mello Saúde, Vodafone Portugal and Fraunhofer Portugal, have centralized competencies and resources to accelerate the fundamental restructuring of Healthcare delivery towards a paradigm shift to Value-Based Healthcare and Patient Empowerment.
By resorting to digital innovation, VOH.CoLAB aims at supporting realistic in-the-field measurement of health-related outcomes, analyzing the costs associated to reach those outcomes, and creating a shared understanding of the value in Health among healthcare stakeholders (including the citizen).
More information on the website of VOH.CoLAB