The monumental changes that took place in business over the last year continue to be a topic of discussion among business leaders and experts. Of course many of the initiatives that are now commonplace—from remote care and telehealth to performance and wellness monitoring—have been touted for their promise to reduce inefficiencies across multiple industries for awhile.

And Samsung’s customers and partners continue to drive this reimagining forward. Across the nation, they are powering new solutions—from the federal government to the retail space. Smartwatches and wearables continue to be an area of interest since they are compact and handsfree, yet offer powerful, sensor-driven intelligence.

Samsung recently partnered with LIVMOR, a digital health and remote patient monitoring company, to provide a fully integrated patient care platform for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in the North Texas region. The solution combines Samsung’s portfolio of secure mobile devices including tablets, wearables, and hand-held mobile devices with LIVMOR’s Halo+ turnkey remote monitoring system to help the VA ensure a better patient and staff experience with its virtual care.

“The nation continues to see the increased value in telehealth. We are proud to partner with Samsung and the VA, the nation’s largest healthcare system, to provide solutions to not only keep patients, but also the essential workers caring for them, safe,” said Ken Persen, CEO, LIVMOR. “A recent clinical trial showed that LIVMOR’s solution was 100% sensitive to identifying patients with atrial fibrillation making it easier for doctors to diagnose and treat. These findings demonstrate how powerful these solutions can be in improving care.”

As a completely self-contained remote patient monitoring and telehealth platform, the solution provides extended remote heartrate tracking through wearables and allows VA physicians to use Samsung tablets or smartphones to monitor patient data in real time. The solution is protected by Samsung Knox, which provides HIPAA-ready security on the device itself, as well as enables the fine-tuned and secure customization of LIVMOR’s platform on the mobile devices. Already, we’re seeing its potential to improve—and even save—lives in action.

“Thanks to partners like LIVMOR and Samsung, we are able to treat some of the nation’s most at-risk patients as safely and effectively from the comfort of their homes as we would if they were sitting in an exam room,” said Dr. Lori Ellis, Head of TeleCardiology and Digital Program Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs, North Texas. “We’ve seen an increase in early adoption from patients when the physicians they see are also early adopters. For example, if the Electrophysiology department is early in adopting telemedicine, their patients are more likely to adopt the technology and experience the benefits.”

Beyond remote care, smartwatches and other wearables can also be leveraged as a means of prevention—to keep people safe and healthy. From retail to public safety, Samsung devices are being explored for their ability to aid social distancing needs today, and empower employees to be more productive in the mobile workforce of tomorrow. Numerous organizations have explored these wearable pilots, including Samsung itself, in partnership with IBM, throughout its U.S. retail stores.

These examples provide the opportunity for organizations to see how wearables’ value can extend beyond this immediate use case, connecting with body sensors to understand heat utilization and risk factors for users in the field or on the worksite. With them in hand—or technically, on wrist—users will be able to stay their healthiest, most well selves, even once the pandemic passes.