TeleHealth is a useful tool to help patients and their doctors better manage their conditions.
A large number of our patients have a diagnosis of hypertension, congestive heart failure, or diabetes and another chronic co-morbidity. Many of these patients rely on routine doctor appointments to manage their health. With TeleHealth, patients are proactive; they can monitor their vital signs daily and realize the cause and effect relationship between their behavior and their health.
How It Works:
Each patient in the program ’signs-in’ according to their care plan- daily, three times a week, weekly, or more often if indicated. The information registered by the patient or home health aide is transmitted to our TeleHealth nurse. Anything out of the ordinary is investigated by the nurse and the necessary intervention is then undertaken. Usually blood pressure, pulse, weight and pulse oxygen levels are taken. If the patient is diabetic the blood sugar level is also included. If the doctor and patient desire information it may also be transmitted to the doctor’s office. Print outs of a patient’s monthly trends may also be sent to the doctor and/or patient.
J.M. is a 68 year old insulin dependent, hypertensive female with a history of CHF and numerous co-morbidities. She had been non compliant with a diabetes regimen and her blood glucose levels were frequently over 400. With TeleHealth, frequent education and communication with her MD, her blood glucose levels are now 200-300. J.M. has not been hospitalized since 11/07.
R.L. is 47 years young, oxygen dependent, has COPD, insulin dependent diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease. Initially, her legs were grossly edematous with the skin taut and shiny. Her diastolic blood pressure was over 90. With TeleHealth and communicating with her doctor and managing her medications, her blood pressure and her legs are now “within normal limits”.
Theresa, a Long Island resident with diabetes, used telehealth equipment to monitor her glucose, blood pressure, blood-oxygen levels and her weight on a daily basis after undergoing triple bypass surgery. With the monitor, she did not require any emergency visits to the hospital and remained at home with her family.
The TeleHealth program has helped us to improve the quality of care, patient satisfaction, and quality of life for the patients.
Please contact us at (631) 567-6555 ext. 15 or ext. 17 for more information about our programs and services. Our nurse care managers will assist you with your questions and concerns.