Final Research Report
This project's final research report is expected to be available by September 2024.
- Patients with COVID-19 who were remotely monitored at home using a text-message-based program — known as COVID Watch — did not experience better outcomes if they used a pulse oximeter, according to research findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Supported in part by PCORI funding, this study compared patients who received standard care as part of the COVID Watch program to patients in the same program who were also given a pulse oximeter to monitor their oxygen levels. Researchers found that adding the pulse oximeter did not save more lives or keep more people out of the hospital.
- A system designed to monitor COVID-19 patients at home using automated text messages saved a life about twice a week during the early days of the pandemic, and overall, patients who enrolled in the system — called COVID Watch — were 68 percent less likely to die, according to results published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Supported in part by PCORI funding, this study analyzed data from every adult who received outpatient care from Penn Medicine over eight months in 2020. Regardless of income, race, or health risks, patients enrolled in COVID Watch benefited, likely due to increased access to and use of telemedicine as well as more frequent and earlier trips to the hospital when symptoms worsened—an average of two days earlier for COVID Watch patients. This paper received AcademyHealth's 2022 Publication of the Year Award. It was also included on the Annals of Internal Medicine's "Best of 2021" list.
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Conflict of Interest Disclosures
Mucio Kit Delgado, MD, MS
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Evaluating the Effectiveness and Implementation of an Automated Remote Monitoring Program for COVID-19 Patients
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Last updated: January 2, 2024