University Hospitals is working with medical company Masimo on a device that will allow doctors to care for their patients remotely.

Masimo SafetyNet is a wrist band device with a sensor attached to a finger tip. That, in turn, sends information to a Bluetooth-paired smartphone and eventually UH doctors.

UH plans to begin piloting this system next week.

The COVID-19 health emergency has significantly increased the demand for remote monitoring and patient engagement solutions in multiple settings, and this system enables patients to send critical vital measurements to doctors remotely.

Dr. Peter Pronovost, UH chief clinical transformation officer said the device will allow patients with congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to be monitored without having to come into contact with potentially infected patients.

"Similarly, for patients with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, we can appropriately isolate them from other patients while ensuring they have the access to state-of-the-art care for managing their health through the recovery process," he said.