Mercy Home Health Telemedicine 30 day hospital readmission rate = 11% compared to national rate = 27% keeping patients healthier, decreasing hospital costs.
Telemedicine reducing return hospital visits
WPVI TV by Ali Gorman RN
Mercy Home Health Telemedicine 30day hospital readmission rate = 11% compared to National rate = 27%
PORT RICHMOND - April 20, 2012 (WPVI) -- Medical technology called telemedicine or telemonitoring is helping to keep more people with chronic conditions out of the hospital. The technology has been around for a little while, but it is now getting a lot more use.
The health care reform law says starting in October hospitals will get penalized for some patients who are re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of leaving.
That is where telemedicine can help. A local man and his nurse showed us how it works. Two days a week, registered nurse Gary Goodman visits 80-year-old Donald Brown of Port Richmond
Gary checks his patient's vital signs and makes sure his heart condition is stable. But even on the days Gary isn't there, nurses are still monitoring Mr. Brown.
Every morning he takes his own heart rate, oxygen level, blood pressure and weight. He writes the results in his book, and they are also automatically sent through the telephone line to Mercy Home Health.
"This allows us to get a daily snapshot on how patients are doing," said David Dolt, R.N.
Dolt, who coordinates the Mercy telehealth program, says it allows nurses to act quicker if there are problems.
"If he goes off his parameters set by the medical team, I get a call," said Gary Goodman. "That's the first thing."
Then Gary can treat little problems before they become big problems and keep Mr. Brown out of the hospital. ...
See Video how telemonitoring works: