Ongoing study - Recently, the NIHDI launched a pilot project in which healthcare providers can follow up COVID-19 patients at home via telemonitoring. The target population in this project are patients with a positive COVID-19 test and mild symptoms and/or risk factors, who present to the emergency department or via the general practitioner. On the other hand, COVID-19 hospitalized patients can also be included in the intervention upon discharge from the hospital, and further followed up in the home situation.
The goal of these interventions is to reduce the workload in hospitals and general practitioners, by preserving hospital beds (avoiding hospitalizations and reducing length of stay), and to provide better support through technological solutions. With the help of digital applications and telemetry, a number of vital parameters are measured and symptoms are systematically measured and sent digitally in real-time to a platform where a professional (medical) team follows up this information. Here, a collaboration is set up between different actors such as the general practitioner, the home nurse, the hospital, the specialists, the (medical) telemonitoring team, the technical team, and the patient (and informal caregiver).
The NIHDI asked KCE to investigate the interventions offered by the various consortia of healthcare providers, and the patients included in these projects. A large part of the research will focus on how these actors experienced the intervention, what went well, what did not go so well, and especially how this telemonitoring intervention (with its possibilities and limitations) could later be implemented in other target groups.