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MDH Home Health Implements New Tele-Health Home Monitor Technology

4/17/2012

Macomb—McDonough District Hospital Home Health Care can provide new tele-health home monitoring devices to help patients remain at home by administering vital sign measurements and other health related activities. MDH is the first home health care provider in the area offering the new service.

The simple to use, large screened monitors allow patients to report symptoms, provide medication reminders and answer key questions to their individual healthcare needs to a MDH Home Health nurse. Detailed illustrations and clear voice prompts guide patients through daily and as-needed measurement activities such as blood pressure, weight and oxygen saturation levels. Patient data is sent via phone line or internet connection to a secure site and reviewed daily by a MDH Home Health nurse.

“One of the main goals of using home monitors is to help keep our patients at home and out of the hospital,” said Stacie Mynatt, RN, MDH Home Health and Hospice. The use of home monitors has been proven to decrease hospitalization and emergency room visits because subtle changes in a patient’s health are identified early. If the readings are not in line with the expectations set in the care plan or if the patient doesn’t transmit the information within a specific timeframe, the patient is contacted to check their health status. A MDH Home Health nurse will visit the patient if needed at that time, as well as maintain regularly scheduled visits.

“Tele-health home monitoring significantly benefits established home health patients. The home monitors encourage positive, patient self-management and ensure concerned family members important information is being properly communicated to a physician,” according to Marcia McGrew, RN, BA, Director of MDH Home Health and Hospice. The patient and home health nurse actively participate in the plan of care.

MDH Home Health Care has 10 tele-health monitors available to provide this new service to their patients. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the use of tele-health home monitoring devices, contact Home Health Care at (309) 836-1544.



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