Telemedicine update: Our agency has had two equipment distributors visit in January to showcase their products. We have found the research from other providers who have already incorporated telemonitoring into their health care system to be very encouraging. The rates of re-hospitalizations for clients who had daily telemonitoring decreased by more than 50% for one Home Care agency. The research indicates that patients have improved disease management with daily monitoring of vital signs. Many of the vendors have designed disease specific questions a client can answer daily to assist the nurse in evaluating symptoms. Any abnormal or problematic symptoms can be reported promptly to the client’s physician to see if there are any changes in care that would need to be made. We have found that the vendors are incorporating video capabilities, interfacing their system with common Home Care documentation software as well as creating health monitoring equipment powered by Blue Tooth technology. We have two more vendors scheduled to complete a site visit in February and hope to make a purchase decision by March.
The Blandin Foundation is supporting four standout broadband programs through the Light Speed program. The program’s purpose is to stimulate the deployment of bandwidth intensive applications that connect local institutions to area resident’s home. This post comes from a Light Speed community leader.