There are numerous components that need to be taken into account to help boost quality care and support for people at home. Home care aides are generally the first idea that comes to mind, but there are other ways to help, especially for those men and women who may be recovering from a medical emergency.
Due to increasing costs, limited funding through the state and federal government, and other factors, some patients have minimal access to quality post-hospital care and this is sometimes exacerbated in more rural environments. To improve recovery chances and in an effort to reduce hospital readmission rates, technology is being viewed as the best option to supplement support from in home health care providers.
In Kansas City, patients at Saint Luke’s Home Care and Hospice are beginning to experience the impact technology is having on the home care industry. Some men and women are now having access to a virtual home health visit using text, phone, or video conferencing.
A news blog posted by the Chillicothe News on November 9, 2017, entitled, Advanced remote monitoring system provides real-time care for home care and hospice patients at home:
“It just became easier for our patients to connect with us, as well as ask questions and send us alerts, and we are able to manage their care in real time from the comfort of their home,” said Rosalie Buergler, director of Home Care at Saint Luke’s Home Care and Hospice. “This technology transforms how we care for patients, and most importantly, addresses some of the primary strategies to help our patients stay at home and reduce hospital admissions, except when they are truly needed.”
One of the major issues that some patients have is their ability to get to a follow up doctor’s appointment. This could be complicated due to limited mobility, cost, and other factors, but now they may be able to have a nurse or doctor check in with them directly utilizing a tablet and Bluetooth device.
These patients are also able to monitor their own vitals, which can help them determine if or when something may need to be addressed directly by their doctor or a nurse. The news blog added:
“With a 4G tablet and Bluetooth device provided by Saint Luke’s, patients may monitor their vital signs and communicate with clinicians through the PatientConnectTM.”
By improving support and helping patients be more directly involved in their own care, technology may help not only lower the cost of in home care, but also provide patients a stronger chance to improve recovery.
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