Home tele-health care is a concept which arose and took hold during the 1990s. Its use has become an accepted and integral part of the traditional healthcare system. The simple definition of home tele-health care is that it is "health and education services delivered to patients in their homes in part by telecommunication devices like the telephone and measuring devices such as scales, blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters."
With the increased opportunity for frequent communication with our patients which tele-health care provides, our nurses are able to assess a patient's status and monitor progress as frequently as is needed between home visits.
Patients who receive tele-health interventions can receive more comprehensive management, leading to more rapid stabilization, and ideally, learn how to become more competent in self-management skills.
Our tele-health program was originally designed for patients with heart failure to help prevent re-hospitalization. However, we use tele-health with patients with other diagnoses including chronic lung disease, liver disease, high-level anxiety, and fragile surgical patients.
The tele-health program allows us to monitor specific patients on a daily basis via telephone. Each of our tele-health patients is loaned equipment for monitoring any or all of the following: