Moving America Forward

Forget Working From Home. Checkups From Home Are Saving Lives

December 3, 2013
by
Menu
Forget Working From Home. Checkups From Home Are Saving Lives
web-md
iStockphoto
And money, too

Telemedicine is catching a few more headlines, and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital has been a leader in telemedicine, serving patients in a 50-mile radius with 33 telehealth monitors over the past three years. Madison Arnold is 90 years old and has been using the telemedicine equipment for over a year. He’s had heart problems since the ‘70s, and his opportunity to participate in daily monitoring makes a great study of the benefits of home tracking technology. He sends in data like his weight and blood pressure, and telemedicine coordinators monitor him for even minor changes, saving him from the stress, risks, and cost of hospital visits. The Iowa system is seeing the rewards for success, both in the health of its patients statewide, and in increased financial support with a new investment of $7.7 million from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand and improve the program.

 

Comments