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Partners Launches Patient-Facing mHealth App to Gather RPM Data

Partners HealthCare has rolled out a consumer-facing mHealth app designed to gather data from hundreds of connected health devices in the home.

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By Eric Wicklund

- Partners HealthCare has released a consumer-facing mHealth app that enables patients to share data from roughly 250 connected health devices with their care team.

The PGHDConnect app, unveiled at the Connected Health Conference last week in Boston, comes out of a remote monitoring platform developed in 2017 by Partners Connected Health to give providers access to patient data at home. The platform initially focused on devices that capture blood pressure, blood glucose, weight and activity and sought to integrate that data into existing clinical workflows and the health system’s electronic health record platform.

The new app is designed to expand those capabilities to a wider range of wearables, activity trackers, smart home devices and sensors, connecting through Apple HealthKit and Samsung Health.

Partners is among a number of health systems at the forefront of the digital health movement, looking to connect its healthcare providers to patients outside the four walls of the hospital to improve care management and coordination.

“Our PGHDConnect program is designed to make healthcare more proactive, population-based and patient-centered by allowing patients to easily and securely share personal health data with their care team using their own consumer health devices,” Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, the health system’s Vice President of Connected Health, said in a press release. “Launching this new mobile app is a major step forward in our efforts to engage patients outside the clinical setting, improve care coordination, enhance patient engagement and foster collaboration between patients and providers.” 

“PGHDConnect is a tool to help providers and clinicians better connect with their patients and gain important perspective on the patient's overall state of health - not just during office visits,” added Kelly Santomas, MS, RN, Senior Director at Partners Connected Health. “It is also a great tool to help patients engage with their health in their day-to-day lives,”

Included in the new app is a feature called VitalSnap, which allows users to gather data from non-Bluetooth devices and those without a free-standing app.

The PGHDConnect platform, currently used in the Massachusetts-based health system’s primary care and specialty practices, is now being rolled out to hospitals.  

“There is a research study in progress and a number of pilots being proposed to assess workflows and clinical outcomes using this platform with the potential to reach almost 2 million patients across the Partners network,” Santomas said.

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