Vivalink has updated its comprehensive remote patient monitoring platform with advanced body temperature and cardiac sensor technology. The updates have improved the sensors’ biomedical data storage and wireless connection signal to address common issues in remote patient monitoring. Vivalink’s platform already delivers high-quality monitoring solutions to healthcare systems in 25 countries, and now offers even more reliable continuous remote data collection.

In 2020, we covered Vivalink’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company quickly tailored its platform to COVID-specific vital signs monitoring that reduced contact events and accelerated care for severe cases. That initiative helped reduce virus spread and improve outcomes in China and many other countries.

The comprehensive Vivalink system — known as the Sensor Data Kit (SDK) — integrates Vivalink’s four individual sensor devices with provider data and a range of data insights and other features. These monitor blood pressure, blood oxygen level, body temperature, and cardiac ECG. Both the temperature and ECG monitors are reusable adhesive skin patches worn below the armpit and on the chest, respectively.

In the latest update, Vivalink has added an onboard cache to store more data locally within the temperature and ECG monitors and a stronger wireless network signal for both devices. In the event of a network failure, the temperature sensor can store up to 20 hours of continuous biometric recordings. Previously, this device could last 14 days after charging–now, a single charge powers the temperature patch for 21 days.

The ECG monitor received even more significant enhancements, including a quadrupled storage capacity, now holding 96 hours of continuous cardiac recordings. Able to run for 120 hours per charge, this device has gained 48 hours of wireless power time. The ECG also can now transmit data up to eight times faster than the previous version.

The improvements reflect the tidal wave-like trend towards remote patient monitoring in all areas of healthcare. Decentralized clinical trials are another pandemic-related trend that has proved to have a range of applications beyond COVID-19 concerns; these will also benefit from better connectivity and data storage. The use of specialized remote monitoring systems, such as Vivalink’s Vitals Data Service, can accelerate the progress of clinical trials while protecting against COVID-19 transmission by eliminating onsite visits for research participants. Most importantly, reliably saving and transmitting data, particularly when monitoring at home or offsite from the main healthcare facility, can increase care quality and improve patient outcomes.