Myant is helping cardiologists deliver better care through Remote Patient Monitoring
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has changed immeasurably, in some ways for better, in some ways for worse. From increased hygiene protocols, to heightened levels of anxiety and depression, to the expansion of online learning for students, it’s impossible to deny that our world will never be the same. One such change is the rise in demand for virtual health care, namely remote patient monitoring, or RPM. Remote Patient Monitoring is a form of healthcare delivery that uses technology to provide care to patients remotely, or at a distance. Some forms of virtual care have existed for decades, but COVID-19 has accelerated its necessity. As the pandemic continues to reveal cracks and fissures in our healthcare system, patient wait times for appointments have only increased. Due to the fear of contracting the virus, canceled procedures, and recent emergency room closures, demand for virtual care has grown exponentially.
With that in mind, Myant has created the Myant Virtual Clinic to help cardiac care specialists deliver improved care to their patients through RPM. The Myant Virtual Clinic is made up of Myant’s Skiin undergarments—worn by patients, and the Myant Clinical Portal—a connected clinician portal and dashboard where medical professionals can monitor, screen, support, and diagnose their patients remotely. Myant has partnered with PACE Cardiology—a world leader in cardiac care, research and diagnostics—to provide PACE with remote patient monitoring, so they can reach more of their patients and improve patient outcomes.
Misconceptions about remote care
Despite the increased demand for remote care, and the increased prevalence of virtual healthcare, misunderstandings about these useful tools and practices still exist. Some of these misconceptions are:
- It’s expensive: While the upfront costs associated with remote patient monitoring can make the practice seem more expensive than traditional healthcare models, this is not the case. In fact, by reducing the number of in-person visits, RPM can save time and money for both doctors and patients. Also, by being able to catch symptoms earlier and diagnose patients sooner, RPM with Skiin can help take some of the strain off of the healthcare system, ultimately reducing costs for healthcare providers and their patients.
- It’s impersonal: When patients think about remote patient monitoring, some assume that it’s less personal than a typical trip to the doctor. However, RPM is designed to supplement the patient-practitioner relationship, rather than replace it. It allows doctors to monitor their patients more closely, form deeper connections, and deliver holistic care to their patients. By wearing Skiin, patients will feel closer and more connected to their care.
- It’s complex: Remote patient monitoring as a concept has existed for many years. Tools and software have continued to evolve to the point where they’re easy to use for both patients and doctors alike. Myant’s Skiin bio-sensing garments are as straightforward as putting on your clothes for the day. When wearing Skiin garments and recording your symptoms in the Skiin Connected Life App, The Myant Clinical Portal makes it simple for health care providers to view your ECG data and compare it to your symptom log.
Centralized, holistic health data
The Myant Clinical Portal helps cardiologists and their teams view patients’ continuously available health data over longer periods of time, and in a centralized location. This helps them deliver better care as they can more easily identify and treat problems early on.
One of the most important benefits of continuously available remote monitoring is that healthcare providers can see, at a glance, how their patients’ conditions are progressing. The information gleaned from The Myant Clinical Portal helps physicians make informed decisions that can help improve their patients’ health outcomes. Combined with self-reported patient symptom logs, The Myant Clinical Portal helps give cardiologists an overall view of how well their patients are doing over time by tracking patterns and trends. With historical ECG data available at their fingertips, patients’ cardiac care specialists can easily compare that data with the patient’s symptom logs. This will help them to identify and monitor any problems that may occur over time.
Providing patients with agency over their health
Today’s patchwork system of healthcare structures and tools can make it frustrating for patients who are looking to take charge of their own health. All too often, patients experience substandard health outcomes as a result of this. Being able to keep track of their health in real time—and share that data with their care team—gives patients the power to make healthier, more informed decisions. Wearing and using Skiin helps patients see how different habits and activities might affect their body, and allows practitioners to see patterns in the patient’s health over time. This kind of historical data is invaluable as it helps identify trends in a patient’s cardiac health.
New tools for healthcare providers
The Myant Clinical Portal enables cardiologists to monitor their patients’ heart health remotely, including those with chronic conditions or who require follow-up observation for acute illnesses. It also provides a convenient method for practitioners to conduct consultations with patients in their own homes—allowing them to have a better overall experience while receiving the services they need when they need them. This can improve both patient outcomes and compliance rates by helping reduce the number of times that patients have to visit the doctor’s office or hospital emergency room.
The Myant Clinical Portal allows PACE’s team of cardiologists to review ECG data overlaid historically, empowering them with a clearer view of their patients’ cardiac baseline. This data is overlaid with patient-reported symptom diary entries, which allows PACE’s team to gain deeper insights into their patients’ health.
Combined with the Skiin Connected Clothing System, The Myant Clinical Portal empowers patients and their PACE team of healthcare providers by centralizing the patient’s health data, making it easy for clinicians to extract vital insights from the patient's continuously available health data, ultimately allowing for faster, greater, and improved health outcomes.