More than half of all U.S. hospitals now use some form of telemedicine to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance.
In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, informaticians explore adherence rates using a Fitbit Charge 2 heart rate (HR) tracker in a mid-risk cardiovascular patient population.
What did they discover? Consumer-grade continuous-time HR trackers, such as Fitbits, can be used as an effective tool for telemonitoring, as these devices can monitor patient statistics and alert clinicians of those in risk that need intervention.
Why informatics? So, healthcare providers can treat people when at most risk during their daily lives.