Archive for the ‘Telehealth’ Category

Remote care nurses make difference in home self-monitoring for chronic illness

August 14, 2013

Home self-monitoring with the support of a remote care nurse is effective in empowering patients with chronic illness in their own healthcare, according to a new study published in Telemedicine and e-Health.

In the study, researchers from the University of Hawaii interviewed 33 patients who used technology to self-monitor their health at home to identify facilitators and barriers of care, and evaluate their satisfaction with home telehealth self-monitoring. Patients reported high levels of satisfaction overall–they received efficient feedback, could identify changes in their health status, and also experienced enhanced accountability, self-efficacy and motivation to change their health behaviors.

In the study, one participant said of the home self-monitoring, “…That’s what it does, it empowers you to take control over your life because it’s all happening to you…I’m taking 15, 16 medications. It’s very overwhelming. So that allows me to feel like I’m in control of the situation, because it’s really scary. You don’t know what’s going on.”

The biggest issue participants encountered was problems with the software used for monitoring; another was feeling too sick or weak to participate.

The practice instilled hope and promoted a better quality of life, study authors wrote: “The success of home telehealth relies heavily on patient adherence to a prescribed program. Responses from the structured surveys and semi-structured interviews indicated a high level of satisfaction.”

Despite the promise of remote patient monitoring to cut healthcare costs and improve patient care, the research methods behind those claims were called into question in a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in late July. Juniper Research recently predicted that remote patient monitoring would cut healthcare costs up to $36 billion worldwide over the next five years.

However, home telemonitoring, when combined with pharmacist case management, was found to help improve high blood pressure management for patients with the chronic condition, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in July.

Source: FierceHealthIT

Search One Inc 500v

Senators Circulate Dear Colleague Letter Urging Support of the FITT Act

June 17, 2013

Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), recently circulated a Dear Colleague letter asking their colleagues to support the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act, S. 596. Senators Thune and Klobuchar are the FITT Act’s lead sponsors.

In their letter, Senators Thune and Klobuchar state that:

“Remote monitoring, a form of telehealth, uses non-invasive sensors to monitor the health and well-being of seniors in their home and can prevent the premature or unnecessary placements in more expensive types of long term care facilities…This bipartisan, budget neutral legislation would establish a pilot program under the Medicare program to provide incentives for home health agencies to utilize remote monitoring technology. We believe that using this type of technology in the home would reduce the number of visits by home health aides and allow individuals to remain in their homes longer while still providing quality care.” (more…)