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Many people must deal with chronic medical conditions such as Congestive Heart Failure, kidney disease, pneumonia, diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) every day. And while these conditions are often debilitating, most can be well managed with proper medication, diet and lifestyle.
To help patients take control of their chronic health conditions, FMH Home Health Services offers a telemonitoring program. Using a monitoring device which works through a wireless Internet connection, patients are able to take their own vital signs at specific intervals as directed by their doctor. These include blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen level and weight, which are then transmitted to staff at the FMH Home Health Services office for evaluation.
Changes or elevations in the patient’s vital signs alert the nursing staff that something is amiss with the patient. Sometimes, a phone call from the nurse is enough to verify that the patient is well; other times, a nurse may wish to confer with the patient’s physician, make an additional home visit, or refer the patient to the Emergency Department.
“The information we get from these telemonitoring systems in our patients’ homes allows us to intervene promptly when necessary, in whatever way is most appropriate,” says Heidi Brown, Director of FMH Home Health Services.
“Getting this data remotely on a daily basis is helping to reduce the number of emergency visits and rehospitalizations that result from these chronic conditions.”
“Living with a chronic medical condition can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world for these patients,” Brown continues. “With proper monitoring and the right guidance, patients can better manage their health conditions and keep enjoying life.”