Our telemonitoring equipment project is going well! Last week, we invited American Telecare Inc for a product demonstration. American Telecare is a Minnesota company specializing in video-based home telemonitoring equipment. Currently, Medical Assistance will reimburse for a skilled nurse visit completed by video. The video equipment is similar to a webcam but the picture quality is amazingly clear even with regular POTS (regular telephone service). In the future, with the expansion of broadband technology service areas, it will make the ability to communicate and assess the needs of our clients by video almost as easy as in person. American Telecare has remote monitoring equipment (like BP cuff, scale, oximeter for assessing daily vital signs) and even a stethescope for the nurse to listen to the patient’s heart and lung sounds.
This month, I will be scheduling the last two telemonitoring manufacturers we are interested in. With this information, we will be able to make our purchase decision soon.
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.