Continua: Telehealth Platform Saved Lives After Japan Earthquake
A four-year study of survivors of the 2011 Japan earthquake has found that a remote monitoring platform conforming to Continua standards can reduce cardiac stress and improve long-term patient monitoring.
The study, published last year in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, suggests that a telehealth platform can improve outcomes and even save lives if integrated with an internationally recognized interoperability framework that improves data transfer.
"Study authors concluded that D-CAP saved lives," Patricia Mechael, PhD, executive vice president of the Personal Connected Health Alliance, said in a press release of Continua’s Disaster Cardiovascular Prevention Network, which was deployed following the earthquake. "User-friendly connections between Continua-certified devices reduced device and data integration time when it was medically critical. The Continua-certified network approach directly enabled positive outcomes for patients and demonstrated cost savings for vendors participating in the network."