Telehealth – Remote Health Monitoring Services
As part of our non-profit mission, SpiriTrust Lutheran® Home Care & Hospice reinvests our financial resources back into our programs and to continuing education for our staff. Since many of our clients live in rural areas of south central and northeastern Pennsylvania or northern Maryland, one key program we utilize is telemonitoring.
Also known as telehealth, advanced technologies are used to collect a client's vital signs and monitor their health status remotely. Our in-home system guides the client through a simple procedure to collect vital signs including heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, weight, and temperature. There is also an additional option that allows us to check blood glucose levels. The system asks a series of condition-related "yes" or "no" questions that are easily answered with the push of a button. The monitor transmits the data via telephone to our office, where it is reviewed each day by our nurse.
If any of the monitored results indicate a problem or potential problem, our nurse will call the client. After talking with the client, we determine what follow-up is required. It may include a visit from the nurse, a medication change or a trip to the doctor. The monitored data can be incorporated into trend reports and provided to a client's physician on a regular basis. The telehealth service is part of our standard of care for clients in our home health care program.
This approach means we can help prevent a crisis that may lead to a client being sent to the emergency department or readmitted to the hospital. Our telehealth services are available to residents in Adams, Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Schuylkill, and York counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland.