Vol 17, No 2 (2010)
Technology Note
Published online: 2010-03-29

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Integrated heart failure telemonitoring system for homecare

S. Suave Lobodzinski, Ahlam A. Jadalla
Cardiol J 2010;17(2):200-204.

Abstract

The integrated telemonitoring system (ITS) for homecare has been designed to improve quality of care as measured by increased nursing productivity, improved patients’ clinical and behavioral outcomes and reduction of cost. The system incorporates managerial, organizational, operational and clinical tasks optimized for delivery of quality care through telemonitoring.
A secure, multi-modal computer network that integrates homecare nurses, patients and those who care into one seamless environment has been developed. The network brings together a new generation of small, hand-held, wireless terminals used by nurses and patients with a HIPPA-compliant electronic patient record system at the caregiver’s site. Wireless terminals use Gobi multi-standard networking technology for connectivity to any available wireless network. The unique features of ITS include a) picture recognition technology capable of extracting numeric data from in-home physiological signal monitor displays that include blood pressure, weight, oxygen saturation, transmission of lung sounds, and capturing echocardiography and electrocardiography data from mobile units; b) in-home caregiver-assisted interactive examinations of signs and symptoms that include visual impressions of ankle swelling, jugular vein distension measurement, and weight gain; c) video-conference capability, facilitating face-to-face two-way communication of nursing personnel with the patients.
The ITS network has been designed to improve patients’ clinical and behavioral outcomes, increase nursing productivity, and reduce the cost of homecare. Patients’ co-operation and compliance has been achieved through use of easy-to-use videoconferencing terminals.
(Cardiol J 2010; 17, 2: 200-204)

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