Evaluating the Value of Telehealth for Care of Children With Medical Complexity
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02849938|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 29, 2016
Results First Posted : February 5, 2019
Last Update Posted : February 5, 2019
The specific aims of the study are to:
- Assess the feasibility of a TytoCare telehealth device with remote audio/video connection for evaluation of children with medical complexity in the home environment.
- Evaluate the usability of a TytoCare telehealth device in transmitting real time images (otoscope, oropharyngeal exam, camera), temperature, and sound (stethoscope for heart and breath sounds)
- Compare the impact of the TytoCare telehealth device versus traditional telephone assessment on patient management and user satisfaction
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Cerebral Palsy||Device: TytoCare Device||Not Applicable|
Eligible children of interested parent(s) will be randomly assigned to either the control group (standard care) or the intervention group (Tyto device). Randomization will be performed using an online randomization program to generate group assignments for the 25 subjects. Subjects will be stratified by whether they have a tracheostomy or not and be assigned 1.5:1 to achieve 15 children in the device group and 10 children in the control group. Informed consent will be obtained for children in each group.
Children/families in the control group will continue to get usual care through the CCCMC program, and will be able to access their providers via telephone for urgent care needs and scheduled follow up. For evaluation purposes, data collection will include the monthly encounter tracking that is done routinely as part of the CCCMC program, and research surveys completed by both parents and HCPs. Parents will complete a Parent Survey by phone once each month for the 3-month study period. The CCCMC HCPs will complete the Provider Survey electronic survey with each telephone encounter where the HCP would have liked to use the device.
For those assigned to the device group, parents will be instructed to contact their CCCMC HCP as usual, see bullet points above, when health concerns arise and their HCP will decide if she would like a telehealth visit. Telehealth/video visits may also be scheduled in advance as a matter of routine follow-up care. In the event that an exam is deemed necessary by the HCP, the parent or caregiver will be directed to connect via the remote exam device. The provider will conduct a 2-way live interactive audio/video visit with the patient. The parent or caregiver will use the remote exam device to provide temperature, lung sounds, heart sounds, oropharyngeal exam, skin exam and/or ear exam as clinically indicated. Direction for necessary treatment, referral to an ED, clinic or inpatient care will be at the discretion of the CCCMC provider. For evaluation purposes, in addition to the monthly encounter tracking that is done as part of the CCCMC program, both parents and HCPs will complete surveys. Parents will complete a Parent Survey by phone once each month for the 3-month study period. The CCCMC HCPs will complete the Provider Survey via a Qualtrics link with each telehealth encounter.
Additional data collected will include subject demographics, and encounter data that is routinely collected as a part of the CCCMC program. Images of patient encounters will be transmitted in real time via the telemedicine device encrypted software. Provider Survey data will be gathered via Qualtrics. Tyto will retain / store data obtained from device group encounters in a de-identified way for development purposes only.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||24 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Evaluating the Value of Telehealth for Care of Children With Medical Complexity|
|Study Start Date :||September 2016|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||January 31, 2017|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||March 20, 2017|
No Intervention: Control Group
Experimental: Telemedicine Group
Device: TytoCare Device
Tyto is a handheld, mobile device designed for capture and transmission of ear/throat/skin images and lung/heart auscultations. It may be used to perform non-invasive, medical examinations, either on a patient (by another person, most commonly a family member, or by a medical professional) or self-performed by the patient, for remote review by a medical practitioner. It is suitable for use on patients in both clinical and home environment.
- Frequency of In-person Health Care Encounters [ Time Frame: 3 months ]Hospital day length of stay reported as the total number of hospital days in the group.
- Provider Survey [ Time Frame: 3 months ]Success of connection for telemedicine visits.
- Parent Survey [ Time Frame: 3 months ]Overall satisfaction with device, comfort with Device, satisfaction with clinician interactions and development of plans of care; Questions asked using 4 point Likert scale (4 = Very Satisfied , 1=Very Dissatisfied). Higher score more satisfaction
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02849938
|Principal Investigator:||Patricia M Notario, MD||Advocate Children's Hospital|