VNA of Care New England was the first home care agency to bring in-home telemonitoring to Rhode Island in 2005. In 2012, thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Suzanne Gilstein, the program expanded and was renamed The Suzanne and Alan Gilstein Telemonitoring Program.
Innovative technology housed in a small unit that connects to the telephone is used to monitor daily health status at home by collecting vital signs such as weight, blood pressure and heart rate. Through a series of questions and answers, disease specific education is also provided. The information collected is transmitted via the telephone to specially trained nurses at VNA of Care New England who are familiar with the patient's health history. If a change that is out of the ordinary is detected, the patient is contacted. The patient's physician may also be contacted as needed to discuss any potential changes in treatment. This unique technology allows for the detection of health problems before they become serious and could require emergency care or even hospitalization.
Patients receiving home care services from VNA of Care New England with the following chronic conditions may also receive telemonitoring:
- Coronary artery disease.
- Post coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
- Congestive heart failure.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Telemonitoring is not a replacement for home health care nursing visits, but complements that care, allowing for important daily monitoring of the patient's health. For more information, visit Telemonitoring Frequently Asked Questions.