RTI International a Research Triangle Park, NC not for profit research agency did a study on activity trackers for cardiac patients. People are inherently social discharge from a highly structured human based cardiac program can be jarring experience. The activity trackers provide an immediate feedback and reminder to maintain and promote healthy activity. Interestingly, when reports were not sent there was a measurable dip in patient activity.
Here’s my promotional comment. We’ve been working with RPM, Remote Patient Monitoring, which when paired to a post care release such as happens with cardiac patients, we believe will enhance the at home patients recovery process by providing medically skilled staff to access and support patients with care, encouragement and commitment. Imagine if a patient has a structured call with medical staff reviewing and motivating the patient several times a week. It further allows input data on areas like patient motivation rating, state of mind and mood measures. Currently, there isn’t a study with activity trackers paired with remote support staff but I imagine that will be coming as the programs become more common.