Telemonitoring is daily remote device monitoring a patient's vital signs, including: weight, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen levels. In a step-by-step process, the device records patients' vital signs and sends this data off to the BVNA Headquarters where it will be recorded and monitored by nurses. In addition to tracking vital signs, the device asks individualized questions about their health and reminds patients to take their perscribed medication and lets the patient know when the process is complete.
Beginning in July 2009, the BVNA has provided 21 Telemonitoring devices to qualified patients throughout the Berkshire County Community. Linked with their Chronic Heart Failure Program, the Telemonitoring Program provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to reducing heart failure rates as well as keeping patients out of the hospital. This Telemonitoring Program is designed for the health needs of heart failure patients at home.
Outcome goals for Telemonitoring include: reduced re-hospitalizations, standardization of care, and improved communication between all care providers, including the acute care heart failure program and the Heart Failure Clinic.
Patients are educated regarding medications, daily weight monitoring, diet, activity, health promotion and other issues related to their diagnoses. Patients admitted to the BVNA chronic heart failure program are evaluated for the telemedicine portion of the Chronic Heart Failure Program.