IS TELEMONITORING RIGHT FOR YOU?
Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Disease Management Program offers FREE telemonitoring for patients with chronic health conditions, such as congestive heart failure, COPD, and heart disease, among others. For more information; contact our Disease Management Program at (270) 706-5840.
Home monitoring helps patients manage their health from where they want to be—home. Patients who have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or lung disease like COPD may need to make lifestyle changes to stay healthy. In addition to following their doctor’s instructions about diet, physical activity and medications, it is also very helpful for a patient’s health care team to track vital signs and symptoms on a regular basis. With home monitoring, a patient’s care team can do just that, without additional doctor visits or lab appointments.
WHAT IS INVOLVED
If a physician prescribes telemonitoring, a patient will be asked to do one or more of the following each day: Check their weight, blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose level, blood oxygen level, heart rhythm and answer questions about how they feel. The vital sign measurements and answers to the daily questions are automatically sent to a patient’s nurse in a daily report. This way, the nurse will be following a patient’s overall health. Whenever there are changes in a patient’s condition, the nurse or doctor can call the patient. This proactive care can potentially help a patient avoid having to travel back to the hospital.
EASY TO USE
A health care provider will deliver everything a patient may need for this free program to their home and teach them how to use it. All of the devices are wireless and can be placed in the home where it is most convenient. Home monitoring is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical care and is
only available by prescription and under clinical supervision.