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Essence SmartCare and Clalit Health Services launch pilot with Sharan Medical Care to implement VitalOn telehealth platform to reduce hospitalisation rates in Israel

Essence SmartCare, a leader in remote care and telehealth solutions and services, announced today the successful completion of a pilot program with Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest HMO, and homecare provider Sharan Medical Care, to implement its VitalOn remote patient monitoring platform.

The pilot has seen dozens of patients transferred from hospitals to be monitored at home by the VitalOn solution, which is tailored to each patient’s individual requirements. Shortly after implementation, the system already began to display its lifesaving potential by recognizing a particular patient’s oxygen saturation level had dropped to a life-threateningly low amount, enabling the immediate dispatch of a medical team to the scene to administer oxygen.

“The success of this pilot demonstrates the ability of the VitalOn solution to significantly improve the standard of care that patients can receive in their own homes, while easing the burden on critical health services during the current pandemic and beyond,” said Barak Katz, General Manager of Essence SmartCare. “We are honoured to have been selected by Clalit Health Services for the first implementation of this solution in Israel.”

The program has the potential to optimise hospital occupancy levels, both during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in the future, by enabling patients to receive life-saving medical care without requiring hospitalisation. Implementation of VitalOn is expected to eventually lead to a reduction in rehospitalisation rates, a shortening of hospital stays, and a significant shift of medical services out of hospitals and into patients’ homes.

“Our close cooperation with Clalit and Sharan, and the excellent progress of the pilot, serves as an example of how more effective treatment can be provided to chronic patients by leveraging the latest advances in patient monitoring,” said Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder of the Essence Group. “These technologies can help hospitals address long-standing capacity issues and the new reality of living alongside the Covid-19 pandemic.”

VitalOn combines telecare, telehealth, and wellness capabilities into a single, comprehensive remote patient monitoring and chronic disease management platform. It provides round-the-clock monitoring for a wide range of aging-related and chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and congestive heart failure. The easy-to-use solution operates independently, without the need of smartphone or tablet-based apps.

“The last two years have seen the field of home hospitalization in Clalit expand beyond recognition. At any given time, more than 200 patients are receiving care at home as an alternative to hospitalisation, around half of whom are Covid-19 patients,” said Doron Netzer, Head of Medicine for Clalit’s Community Division. “This pilot has reduced the number of hospitalisations in internal medicine departments throughout the country and was a significant factor in supporting the hospital system during the fifth wave in January and February of 2022. The collaboration with Essence SmartCare and Sharan expands our ability to monitor patients and provides important tools for monitoring their vital signs.”

“Rehabilitation is generally quicker and more effective when conducted in the comfort of one’s own home, and this is particularly true for elderly and chronic patients,” said Dr. Yves Bitton, Founder and Medical Director of Sharan Medical Care. “This type of monitoring has allowed us to treat Covid-19 patients in moderate or even serious condition and bring about their recovery, all in the comfort and safety of their own homes.”

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