Medical Home Monitoring Services With Integrated Connectivity—do Baby Boomers Agree?

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PRINT PDF EMAIL The Swedish research firm Berg Insight recently released a report finding that about 2.2 million people worldwide were using remote health monitoring devices by the end of 2011. More than 200 million people in Europe and the US suffer chronic disease that could be handled at home rather than the hospital with remote monitoring, according to the Administration on Aging (AOA). My friend, Steven Dean, Freescales Medical Market Lead for the Americas, discusses his companys Home Health Hub (HHH) Reference Platform on his blog Medical by Design as it relates to this very important topic of remote patient monitoring. The HHH recently won the prestigious EETimes / EDN ACE Award at Design West for best Development Kits, Reference Designs & SBCs. More than half of all Baby Boomers said that they would rather age at home than assisted living, retirement homes, etc. The signing of the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011, by California Governor Jerry Brown may be a strong driver in the growth in the remote health monitoring market . The law, which was passed last month, reduces the restrictions about who can provide care using telehealth-expanding eligibility to all licensed healthcare professionals. By making it easier to provide such care through the states Medicaid program and under certain circumstances for patients who have private insurance.
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Home Health Monitoring Services Face Financial Barriers

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Home Health Service Offers Telehealth Monitoring

Patients participating in the program each morning connect to a monitoring station that measures blood pressure, pulse, temperature, weight, pulse oxygen and blood sugar. Patients also answer a series of questions about their condition and then transmit the information to home health nurses monitoring their progress. Nurses follow up with a call or a visit if any of the information is abnormal. FirstHealth will use the Duke Endowment grant to purchase an additional 70 monitoring units and four high-resolution digital cameras. They also will hire a full-time telehealth nurse coordinator to manage the program. FirstHealth currently has a waiting list for the monitors, and the grant will allow them to offer the service to more patients, said Patty Upham, director of FirstHealth Home Health.
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Home Health Monitoring Services Face Financial Barriers

, iHealthBeat, Monday, December 4, 2006

Companies that offer remote monitoring services are facing obstacles, such as who should pay for the monitoring devices, the Boston Globe reports. Medicare and insurers generally do not cover the cost of the home monitoring devices and only offer a flat fee to help patients recover from hospital visits, according to the Globe.

Partners Healthcare’s home-nursing division in Boston installed monitors for about 100 patients, but it will stop the service when their Medicare home-nursing payments cease.
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