Advances in technology allow healthcare teams to help make decisions quickly and more accurately, which can prevent your symptoms from becoming a trip to the hospital.

One way they can do this is through telemonitoring, which is a service that tracks your vital signs or any changes in status electronically, either in a healthcare facility or in the comfort of home. Your care team will provide the necessary equipment to easily take automatic measurements that are then sent directly to your doctor.

A man and his wife looking at his home heart monitor

How is it beneficial?

Through telemonitoring services, the medical team can catch anything out of the ordinary right away rather than waiting until the next visit. By catching a potential problem early, like a rise in blood pressure, the care team can take the necessary steps to prevent it from becoming a bigger issue.

Telemonitoring is said to:

  • Reduce hospital admissions
  • Lessen the length of hospital stays
  • Prevent visits to the ER
  • Lower mortality rates
  • Decrease healthcare costs
  • Improve management of chronic conditions

Depending on your condition, telemonitoring can even be lifesaving. According to a study on heart failure, patients receiving home health with telemonitoring had reached better health at the time they were able to stop receiving home care than those who did not.

How does it work?

If your care team decides telemonitoring could be beneficial for your or your loved one, they’ll provide you with the equipment and instructions on how to use it at home.  

Your care team will determine a schedule for check-ins based on your individual symptoms and needs. Usually it’s recommended to check in around the same time every day. An alert will prompt you through what you need to do for your health check. In most cases, the daily check-in only takes a few minutes and is designed to monitor things like:

  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Oxygen saturation

Daily health information is then automatically sent securely to the care team. The information is analyzed and the appropriate person is notified if you require a change in medication or treatment plan. If anything is out of the ordinary, you’ll be contacted by someone on your care team. If a check-in is missed, a nurse will be notified and will reach out directly.

You can find more peace of mind knowing the health of either you or your loved one is being consistently monitored. If you have questions about telemonitoring through home health services, call 866.KINDRED today to speak to a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.