Veterans within the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs health system can now benefit from continuous, high-accuracy remote monitoring without needing to own or purchase any technology. Samsung recently announced it has partnered with LIVMOR to offer remote cardiology monitoring and care for patients in the VA’s North Texas region, which includes Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
The VA recognized the value of digital health solutions long before the COVID-19 pandemic made telehealth a household word. In 2014, the VA first made remote care available to veterans with a web-based platform offering virtual peer support and self-help therapy. Back in 2011, the organization launched PTSD Coach, its first mobile app for patients. PTSD Coach helps veterans track symptoms tracker, learn healthy ways to relieve stress, and provided educational resources and links to connect to live support quickly if needed.
The new monitoring program integrates LIVMOR’s clinically-validated Halo heart rate monitoring wearables with Samsung’s tablets and smartphones. The FDA cleared the Halo technology in 2020 after clinical trials showed that Halo algorithms identified 100% of patients with atrial fibrillation and 93% of patients without the irregular heart rhythm.
Featuring LIVMOR’s Halo+ home health platform, the VA system includes a prescription-only Halo wrist monitor, the Samsung Knox HIPPA-compliant data protection tool, an integrated mobile device, and a web-based provider dashboard. In addition, customizations are included that address the specific needs of the VA of North Texas.
Monitoring for atrial fibrillation can prevent dangerous health events, as that particular arrhythmia is associated with an increased risk of stroke, vascular dementia, and heart failure. In addition, the system lets VA providers track other chronic conditions, such as chronic congestive heart failure, progressive coronary artery disease, pulmonary issues, and diabetes.
For veterans experiencing barriers to in-person care in North Texas, the new program could significantly improve health outcomes. It also stands to enhance patient engagement and motivate individuals to make healthier choices and take charge of their personal health.