In just three minutes, the system collects a variety of vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, body weight and temperature every day.
In-home telemonitoring uses telecommunication devices placed in patients’ homes to take their vital signs every day. The technology benefits both patients and health care professionals. When patients’ vital signs are taken on a daily basis, irregularities can be caught before they become full-fledged problems. Nurses can be sent to patients’ homes and, based on the daily data, work directly with the patient’s doctors to adjust medication and diet reg mines. Patients also become more aware of their condition and understand the effects diet, activity, and other factors have on their health.
Additional equipment, such as a glucose meter, spirometer to measure lung function, PT/INR system to record blood clotting time, digital camera for wound care and ECG device to monitor heart rhythms, can be attached fro specialized patients.
The HomMed System also can gather information on patients’ fatigue and general wellness levels. At the end of the vital sign gathering process, the monitor asks the patient a variety of questions. These questions allow Acute Home Health Care to further customize the telemonitor to each patient, based on his or her diagnosis. For example, a patient with high blood pressure might be asked, “Are you experiencing any dizziness today?” The patient responds to each question by pressing the “yes” or “no” button on the monitor.
The data is transmitted via digital wireless technology over a virtual private network for review by Acute Home Health Care clinicians, who can detect and address even the slightest abnormalities before they become serious, preventing emergency room visits and hospitalizations.