Home Health makes great strides in patient care with telemedicine

Published 01/08/2019

South County Home Health, has shown that the use of telemedicine, is an effective method of monitoring, educating, and facilitating behavior change in patients with chronic diseases. Most notably is the ability to enhance the quality of life of patients with new or existing chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and hypertension.

Patients can qualify for this program through our care coordination with South County Health, and do not have to be on Home Health services.

Telemedicine can be a tool for the physician practice in a variety of ways: when struggling with a hypertensive patient who has been on medications and is still unsuccessful at controlling their blood pressure; the CHF patient who is prone to weight gain secondary to fluid retention and reluctant to come to the office; or the patient with COPD who is struggling with maintaining adequate oxygenation. SCHH clinicians see the information and interact with the patient in real time via video to understand the problem, discuss the course of action for the situation, reach their physician, and/or encourage compliance with physician orders.

Our nurses manage the monitors and flow of data seven days a week, 365 days a year. SCHH does not have real-time monitoring at night and any data that is collected during the overnight hours is reviewed the following day. The use of this technology facilitates an interaction with the patient and the practice to bring about positive outcomes and minimize ER visits and re-hospitalizations.

Call South County Home Health at 401-782-0500 for more information on telemedicine services.