Healthsense proves to be an aid in fall prevention.
At age 72, Sarah was still living at home in Minnesota, but suffering from multiple health issues: congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, pain from chronic kidney disease (CKD), and balance issues. Over a period of days, Healthsense monitoring detected a decrease in her daily activities. She was spending a larger amount of time sitting in a chair.
Healthsense sent an automatic alert to Sarah’s clinician, who learned that Sarah was staying in her chair due to dizziness. The clinician scheduled home care visit, and a doctor’s appointment. Sarah’s doctor adjusted her medication to reduce dizziness, and Sarah received instructions to reduce her risk of falling.
If Sarah had been admitted to a hospital for a fall, expenses would have been a minimum of $1,922/day (source: Kaiser Family Foundation 2012 study), plus professional services and supplies.