St Luke's Hospital - Allentown 3

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - St. Luke's University Health Network is starting to use remote patient monitoring to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The technology is aimed at managing the surge of COVID-19 patients while maintaining the safety of other patients and providers, the health network said in a news release.

The technology, called Masimo SafetyNet, involves a tetherless, wearable single-patient-use sensor to monitor patients with Masimo SET® pulse oximetry.  Pulse oximetry is a method for monitoring a person's oxygen saturation.

The technology tracks the blood oxygen saturation and respiration rate of patients who are hospitalized or quarantined at home, the health network said.

Patients are provided with a multi-day supply of single-patient-use sensors and access to the Masimo SafetyNet mobile app. With clinical feedback from St. Luke’s, Masimo SafetyNet is designed to provide interactive CarePrograms that align with expert guidance on COVID-19.

Monitoring data collected by the sensor is shared with the patient’s smartphone using a secure Bluetooth® connection. Twice daily, or as directed, the CareProgram can be configured to actively notify patients to answer questions such as, “are you having trouble breathing?” and “what is your temperature?”, and pushes these responses along with the monitoring data to clinicians for evaluation. 

On March 30, patients at St. Luke’s University Health Network Bethlehem diagnosed with COVID-19 were outfitted with Masimo SafetyNet. Non-COVID-19 patients are also being monitored with this system in general medical-surgical units.

St. Luke’s plans to use the Masimo SafetyNet tetherless sensor and cloud-based surveillance system to monitor upwards of 2,000 hospitalized patients and lower acuity cases in the home.

The health network said the technology will allow hospitals to expand patient remote monitoring into alternative care spaces, including overflow locations, emergency recovery facilities, and home care settings.