Telemonitoring is offered to high-risk patients in an effort to easily monitor their health and key vital signs. The equipment is simple for patients to use, and readings are automatically transmitted through telephone lines.
Telehealth is a device installed in the homes of patients with chronic health conditions. It automatically measures and transmits vital-sign readings daily. The service is effective for those with congestive heart failure, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
A visiting nurse will set up the equipment in the home and explain its use. The machine is pre-programmed with information about each person. Daily monitoring is painless and takes only a few minutes. It requires the person to step onto a scale and attach a monitoring cuff to the arm. Daily readings will be compared to standards for such variables as weight, blood pressure, or pulse. If there is a problem, the current day’s readings will automatically be transmitted to the nurse and primary care physician for action. The nurse will coordinate the necessary care with the primary care physician.