The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Michigan’s largest cancer research and provider network, plans to launch a pilot program this spring that will provide patients and their caregivers with an integrated digital care platform to help them manage cancers. home cancer care.

The Detroit-based Karmanos Cancer Institute is collaborating on the project with Lifeguard Health Networks. He will pilot Lifeguard’s LifeguardMobile solution this spring with his multidisciplinary thoracic oncology team and use the app to connect cancer patients, caregivers and clinicians Karmanos through his Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) app.

Lifeguard’s solutions offer RPM and remote therapy monitoring (RTM), and integrate with more than 20 sensors and wearable devices to track medication adherence, symptoms and side effects, vital signs and elements. of well-being. Based on clinical thresholds developed by Karmanos vendors, the app has the ability to generate notifications when a patient crosses a threshold or is trending toward a clinical event. Using secure communication technology, the Lifeguard platform will allow patients and caregivers as well as the Karmanos clinical team to consult directly on mobile, via messaging or video. This feature can help prevent potential clinical decline by allowing patients to see their care managed remotely by care team members in real time.

For the Karmanos clinical team, the Lifeguard platform supports patient monitoring and virtual care management between visits and patient-reported longitudinal data informs a more efficient and beneficial in-office patient visit. Thanks to this longitudinal profile, Karmanos clinical staff can draw on a wealth of data supporting better care management, improving the delivery of care to patients.

“Lifeguard’s ability to virtually monitor our patients for reported vital signs as well as symptoms experienced in real time means we will be able to further improve our home care coordination and enable our staff to maintain clinical connectivity. between patient appointments,” said Gerold Bepler. , MD, Ph.D., president and CEO of Karmonos Cancer Institute, in a statement. “We look forward to improving the cancer journey through better coordination of care using this new virtual home care technology.”

Patients and caregivers access the solution through a smartphone app available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The Lifeguard solution can be used by the patient or an authorized agent of the patient to inform, communicate and report on the patient’s health status with the Karmanos healthcare team.

In a separate announcement, Karmanos is also opening a new cancer center, the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing. Opened on February 28, the new cancer center is a collaboration between McLaren Greater Lansing and the Karmanos Cancer Institute, in partnership with MSU Health Care. The partnership will help recruit the best clinicians in the region,

“The new cancer center is a space where all of our caregivers, from social workers to doctors, can work together to ensure that each patient receives the individual care and resources they need for the treatment of their cancer,” said said Amit Bhatt, MD, Ph.D., radiation oncologist at Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Greater Lansing, in a statement. “This incredible facility will support the hearts and souls of our patients through massage and music therapy, nutritional counseling and financial support, and will include advanced telemedicine technology to facilitate communication with experts from the Karmanos network. and the state.”