What is telehealth monitoring and what does it mean to me?
Telehealth monitoring is a term to describe equipment placed in the home which communicates with Premier Home Health Care staff. The goal of this monitoring is to stay on top of any signs the patient might be heading towards trouble. Everyone at PHHC wants to do everything possible to keep the patient safely in their home.
After the patient’s vital signs are completed on the telemonitor, the patient may be asked a few questions. These questions might include, “Do you have any swelling in your ankles today?” or “Have you had a fall in the past 24hours?”. The vital signs and answers to the questions are then transmitted to Premier Home Health Care via the built-in computer.
These results help the PHHC nurses monitor the patient’s condition on a daily basis. If something is heading in the wrong direction, the nursing staff can intervene on the patient’s behalf, either scheduling additional visits or contacting their physician for additional orders. The goal of telehealth monitoring is to keep the patient in the best physical condition possible and avoid Emergency Room visits.
Physicians can also review the daily results and monitor the patient’s progress with their home treatments. This allows the physician to stay current with the patient’s status.