Remote Monitoring Services
UPMC uses in-home telehealth equipment to monitor patients' key measures and as a mechanism to provide reminders and communication.
Benefits of Telehealth Remote Monitoring
Since nurses cannot be in the patients home 24 hours per day, telehealth remote monitoring provides significant benefits for patients and their families, and their physicians.
- An extra layer of security. Nurses outside the home can remotely monitor patients and proactively recognize potential health risks.
- Reduced readmissions and costs. The telehealth remote monitoring programs have reduced readmission rates and emergency room visits for monitored patients with congestive heart failure and are being planned for patient's with other conditions (e.g. COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension). Reducing hospital admissions reduces cost to insurers, patients, and potentially non-reimbursable events for hospitals/facilities.
- Compliance and Continuity of Care. Monitoring results in better patient compliance (medication, diet, daily measures, etc.) resulting in better long term care for the patients. The compliance often results in a direct correlation to avoided Emergency Room Visits and Inpatient admissions.
- Convenience and increased independence. Patients can manage their illnesses from the comfort and convenience of home. Chronic conditions suitable for home monitoring include congestive heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and diabetes.
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