Home Monitoring Systems
Telehealth and Telemonitoring Provide Valuable In-Home Assistance
Telehealth uses telecommunications devices placed in patients' homes to take their vital signs every day, remind them to take medications and answer simple questions about their conditions in the comfort of their homes.
The technology brings benefits to both patients and health care professionals. When patient’s vital signs are taken on a daily basis, irregularities can be caught before they become full-fledged problems. Nurses can be sent to patients’ homes at unscheduled times in addition to regular nursing visits, and based on the daily data, work directly with the patient’s doctor to adjust medication and diet regimens.
Telemonitoring lets health care professionals work more efficiently since the system allows one nurse to observe the clinical health of numerous patients at a time and effectively direct medical attention to those who need it. And, in many instances health care outcomes show improvement.