TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Datos, a provider of a hospital-grade automated Remote Care platform, today announced that it has been selected by Sheba Medical Center to support a telemedicine program launched in preparation for the possible arrival of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Israel.
The coronavirus telemedicine program, the first of its kind in the world, is intended to create an innovative patient care center should the virus outbreak become widespread, and is currently being tested on Israeli patients suspected of having contracted the respiratory virus. The program will involve provision of the Datos automated Remote Care platform's telemedicine app to patients with symptoms of reduced severity, to enable them to remain under remote medical supervision, while in the comfort – and crucial isolation – of their own homes.
The Datos platform is designed to directly and continuously connect patients with their sources of medical care, and makes it easy for care teams to extend their reach via close ongoing contact with outpatients. To help implement Sheba's coronavirus telemedicine program, the platform-powered Datos mobile app will enable close remote monitoring by making it possible for patients to continuously measure and record their body temperature, and even reminding them to do so. The app will additionally allow medical staff to initiate video calls with patients, so as to check on their condition and provide them with the confidence that they're fully taken care of.
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"If and when the virus does come to Israel, we may end up being overwhelmed with a large number of coronavirus cases, all diagnosed at the same time, which could result in both staff and patients being at risk despite taking the most extreme precautions," states Dr. Galia Barkai, Head of Telemedicine Services at Sheba. "Datos' solution can help us greatly reduce this risk by enabling us to monitor less severe patients outside the hospital, in the relative safety and comfort within their homes, with the telemedicine app enabling us to communicate with them via video whenever necessary."
"We are honored to be part of Sheba's potentially life-saving initiative," says Datos Founder & CEO
Uri Bettesh. "Datos is the ideal choice for this, being the first platform of its kind that can seamlessly fit into care teams' existing workflows, and provide them with crucial insights on patients monitored outside the hospital. Our technology and mobile app have already proven their worth in enabling Sheba to remotely monitor people having recently returned from the Far East with symptoms that could indicate coronavirus infection, in their own homes, while keeping both patients and hospital staff as safe as possible from unnecessary exposure."