Journal of medical Internet research, Volume 22, Issue 9, 02 September 2020, Pages e20953 Telemonitoring for Patients With COVID-19: Recommendations for Design and Implementation. Silven AV, Petrus AHJ, Villalobos-Quesada M, Dirikgil E, Oerlemans CR, Landstra CP, Boosman H, van Os HJA, Blanker MH, Treskes RW, Bonten TN, Chavannes NH, Atsma DE, Teng YKO

Despite significant efforts, the COVID-19 pandemic has put enormous pressure on health care systems around the world, threatening the quality of patient care. Telemonitoring offers the opportunity to carefully monitor patients with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 from home and allows for the timely identification of worsening symptoms. Additionally, it may decrease the number of hospital visits and admissions, thereby reducing the use of scarce resources, optimizing health care capacity, and minimizing the risk of viral transmission. In this paper, we present a COVID-19 telemonitoring care pathway developed at a tertiary care hospital in the Netherlands, which combined the monitoring of vital parameters with video consultations for adequate clinical assessment. Additionally, we report a series of medical, scientific, organizational, and ethical recommendations that may be used as a guide for the design and implementation of telemonitoring pathways for COVID-19 and other diseases worldwide.

Keywords: Telemedicine, Telemonitoring, Ehealth, Digital Health, Covid-19

J Med Internet Res. 2020 Sep;22(9):e20953