Our telemonitoring project is going very well with all our units in patient’s homes. A day like today, with a winter storm blowing outside and prioritized staff visits, highlights one advantage of telemonitoring . Our nurses can “see” how our patients are doing by their vital signs monitor and the answers the patient gives to tailored questions like: “Are you having more problems breathing today than normal?” or ” Do you need your clinician to call you?” The patient can be seen on days that they need to be, instead of every Monday or twice a week.
A number of our telemonitoring patients have stated they feel more in control of their healthcare as they track their vital signs and are reminded daily which symptoms to report to the nurse. Telemonitoring becomes part of their daily routine.
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of presenting our telemedicine project to some of the attendees at the Connected Communities Conference in Eden Prairie. At the conference, I had a number of session participants ask about the efficacy of telemonitoring. Health care journals, over the last 7 years, have documented phenomenal improvements in patient outcomes through the use of telemonitoring. The Veterans Administration has thousands of telemonitoring units across the country in veteran’s homes. Many health insurance companies are putting their own units in patient’s homes because of the proven reduction in hospitalizations and emergent care.
I am including some websites with research articles on the benefits of home telemonitoring. http://www.hommed.com/Results/Clinical-Data.asp
This website: www.healthcareitnews.com has many articles about Home Care agencies adopting telemonitoring to improve patient outcomes for people with Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other chronic conditions.
With the advance of technology, and broadband applications, there will be many more opportunities to make a difference with home health care.
Happy New Year!
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.