According to a recent announcement, KORE and Dexcom, a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) company, are partnering to deliver a remote patient monitoring solution to assist care providers during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
In order to successfully monitor the glucose levels of patients who are being treated for COVID-19, healthcare professionals (HCPs) must equip themselves with fresh personal protective equipment (PPE) for each visit. Patients on insulin need several glucose checks per day, up to one per hour – meaning multiple PPEs are discarded each day, for each patient. With many hospitals and healthcare workers already experiencing a shortage or lack of proper PPE, the risk of exposure and infection grows significantly – as do the costs. The Dexcom G6 CGM system reportedly is designed to help healthcare professionals reduce the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the number of in-person glucose level checks on patients who are receiving care for COVID-19 in the hospital.
Dexcom’s solution reportedly measures glucose levels automatically every five minutes and transmits the data to a handheld mobile device, upon which the patient’s blood glucose levels are remotely monitored, using one set of PPE.
“Doing all that we can to support the health and safety of the patients and healthcare workers currently battling this novel virus is a top priority for our company,” said Matt Dolan, SVP and GM, Dexcom. “It’s our hope to reduce their exposure, eliminate unnecessary waste of limited PPE supplies, and improve the efficiency of the hospitals who are treating these patients.”
“We are in an unprecedented situation and the KORE team is looking for ways to help,” commented Romil Bahl, President & CEO, KORE. “When the Dexcom team approached us to help in short timeframes, our healthcare team was up to the challenge.”
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