VNA Home Health Hospice in South Portland, Maine, currently uses Honeywell’s Genesis DM and Genesis Touch remote patient monitoring devices to communicate with and engage moderate to high-risk patients, for both post-acute and hospice conditions. Since first implementing their telehealth program in 2007, the combination of monitoring devices and Honeywell’s clinical software – LifeStream™ Management Suite – has allowed them to consolidate and track patient data. And recently, they’ve proactively improved physician engagement by providing them with direct access to monitor and track patients’ health as well, thereby expanding care oversight for patients.
When home care providers at VNA Home Health Hospice (VNA) looked at ways to improve their already-successful telehealth program, they realized patient care could be improved by giving physicians the ability to monitor their patients’ health status, using VNA’s existing telehealth system.
The reasoning behind the initiative was the desire to form a broader “circle of care” around each patient by improving overall care coordination through the engagement of the patient’s physicians – ensuring everyone involved in the patient’s care plan could track and monitor the daily vital signs of patients from one clinical dashboard, available through Honeywell’s LifeStream™ View.
One of Honeywell’s five LifeStream Manage- ment Suite software applications, LifeStream View provides secure access to patient information via the Internet, allowing health- care providers (as well as patients and their family members) to access patient health status at any time; from anywhere they have an internet connection. LifeStream View also gives home care clinicians the ability to set up reports for physicians to view which pro- vide graphical data and trends of the overall health status of individual patients.
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