Published on October 03, 2012

Telemonitoring manages chronic illness at home

Remote telemonitoring offers daily health check-in with experienced clinicians

Alfreda HinesDo you have a cardiovascular, respiratory or other chronic illness? You may benefit from having a health care professional monitor you every day at home.

Mercy Home Health can equip qualified patients with the Telehealth monitoring system. This in-home electronic equipment wirelessly sends vital signs such as weight, blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen level to Mercy Home Health clinicians every day. A Mercy Home Health clinician can contact you and your doctor if there are changes in your condition and intervention is necessary. Home Health patients such as 93-year-old Alfrieda Hines find the service reassuring.

Cut repeat hospital visits

Home Health clinicians are available to answer questions and address concerns, 24 hours a day, every day. “Just knowing that Mercy is a call away keeps me from worrying,” says Ms. Hines, who has chronic heart failure. With daily monitoring and one-on-one follow-up when needed, Mercy Home Health’s Telehealth program has a proven success rate at cutting down on repeat, unnecessary hospital visits, adds Ruth Martynowicz, MBA-HCM, BSN, vice president of operations at Mercy Home Health.

“Our average 30-day hospital readmission rate for Mercy Home Health patients receiving Telehealth monitoring is as low as 5.8 percent, as compared to the national average of about 25 percent,” she says.