Home healthcare monitoring provides clinicians access to up-to-date patient data from connected biometric devices so they can efficiently monitor and manage patients from their home or when they are on the go. Health management enables clinicians to help patients manage their health through focused awareness of how their actions impact their condition. In addition, access to up-to-date patient health data helps clinicians deliver personalized care to patients.
Home healthcare monitoring was once considered a niche business at best, but today it is on its way to becoming big business. One of the major drivers pushing home healthcare monitoring is cost; healthcare institutions looking for ways to cut costs have realized that patients can potentially avoid costly hospital readmissions and unnecessary emergency room visits by being monitored at home.
At the same time, the technology has grown to meet the needs of a wide variety of patients and conditions. Wireless sensors are getting smaller, 4G technology is widespread and Wi-Fi home-based networks are prevalent. Enterprising vendors are meeting these needs with a wide range of home monitoring devices that are changing the face of healthcare.
Secure and efficient transmission of patient data
Some monitors are worn on the body, such as patches that monitor blood pressure, heart rate and cardiac rhythm. Other monitors are those that patients use several times per day for readings, such as blood pressure cuffs, weight scales or glucometers. Both types can be designed to transmit data—continuously, at specific intervals or in urgent situations—using highly secure broadband networks.
Data is transferred via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in the patient's home and transmitted via 3G, 4G or a home-based wireless network to the healthcare provider's destination. With the transfer of data automated, care managers simply log into their portals to monitor their patients' progress. With that information, the care manager can take a variety of actions, such as calling the patient or sending a home care nurse. In addition, the data collected over time gives the care manager a better sense of long-term progress.
New mobile medical monitoring platform
Verizon is addressing this need for home monitoring solutions with Converged Health Management (CHM), a remote patient-monitoring medical software platform designed to help clinicians and patients manage patients' health in between doctor visits. The Converged Health Management solution enables patients to use CHM-compatible biometric devices to monitor their health information away from their doctors' offices.
Patient data is then automatically transmitted through a wireless connection to a secure server that resides in Verizon's HIPAA-ready cloud for review and intervention by the patient's clinician. Converged Health Management is available for purchase on the order of a prescription by U.S. health insurance companies, integrated delivery networks, hospitals, large provider groups and self-funded employers that are looking for ways to monitor at-home care compliance, engage patients in healthy lifestyle choices and reduce hospital readmissions.
Other Verizon Heathcare Initiatives
Verizon is working in partnership with academic health centers at Johns Hopkins University and Emory University to improve chronic disease self-management through technology for underserved women. By using technology to collaborate remotely with their healthcare providers, women come to understand their disease better, follow their care plans more closely, and generally take more control over their chronic conditions, leading to better long-term outcomes.
Verizon is also working with the South Boston Community Health Center to bring technology to underserved seniors with diabetes or heart and lung disease to help them age in place longer. Verizon is deploying remote biometric technology in the homes of senior patients. Remote monitoring devices and telemedicine will enable seniors to send daily readings of their blood pressure, weight, glucose or lung capacity to a care manager.
Verizon's vision is to create a healthier world in which connected individuals and healthcare organizations are empowered with innovative technologies that improve health outcomes, transform access to care and lower the cost of healthcare.
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