Vitls uses a disposable wearable to transmit vital signs to the healthcare professional 24/7. The doctor or nurse has constant access to the digital platform to monitor the patient’s heart rate, temperature, and breathing.
Regular and appropriate monitoring of objective vital signs is a fundamental part of good clinical care. At times, due to pressures within care settings, regular observations can be delayed due to other emergency issues or workload. Observation rounds can also take up a significant amount of time in the average day of a nurse.
Close monitoring of vitals traditionally requires multiple pieces of equipment and frequent stops at the patient’s room. Vitls, a Texas-based startup founded in 2016, recognised that the best way to improve patient care was by ensuring each patient or nursing home resident could receive round-the-clock monitoring. To make that possible without increasing resources, they developed a wearable tracker and companion platform.
The wireless disposable tracker has a battery life of five days and is waterproof. Therefore it doesn’t impact the patient’s daily activities or sleep. It transmits data 24/7, including the patient’s heart rate, temperature, and breathing, to the healthcare professional’s dashboard. The nurse or doctor can check in on the patient at any time through the app to check their data and can overview all of their patient’s vitals at a glance. It’s a visually appealing device that can be used in children older than two, which is particularly useful as the younger age group can be more challenging to obtain regular observations.
If a patient’s vitals significantly change, the doctor or nurse receives an alert to check in. Notes can be added to the patient’s profile for fast recording of symptom changes or other concerns. Trends can be graphically displayed, allowing subtle changes in health to be spotted earlier. Continuous monitoring means healthcare teams can respond immediately when a patient’s health begins to deteriorate, giving them the best possible chance of a positive outcome. It could also be used in clinical trials and facilitate earlier discharge from the hospital, enabling people to be remotely monitored.