Home monitoring of chronic and ‘at risk’ patients program to be launched

A collaborative integrated program to monitor at home people with chronic conditions and those patients at risk of developing a chronic condition as a way to prevent unplanned hospital admissions will be launched here tomorrow (Wednesday, 9 March).

The In Home Monitoring Devices Symposium will introduce the new ‘In Home Monitoring Device Program’ being conducted as part of Far West LHD Chronic and Complex Care and Integrated Care Services in collaboration with Tunstall Services and Far West NSW Primary Health Network (PHN).

“The aim of the patient-centred 12 month program trial is to determine if home tele-monitoring is an effective model of care for people with chronic conditions or those at risk of developing a chronic condition,” said Ms Georgina Drewery, Manager Chronic & Complex Care Services, Far West LHD.

“This will enable early detection, promote self-management and timely intervention to reduce unplanned hospital admissions.”

Clients are provided with clinical measurements by their GP and equipment (such as pulse oximeter, glucometer, scales, blood pressure monitor) linked to a telehealth device which transmits clinical information to a secure database monitored by staff daily Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

“Clinical parameters outside of the client’s predetermined ‘normal’ range will be identified by the monitoring system, and the client contacted via an agreed escalation process,” said Ms Drewery.

The symposium will be held at the University Department of Rural Health starting 6pm and the ‘In Home Monitoring Device Program’ will be launched by the Chief Executive of Far West Local Health District, Mr Stuart Riley, at 7pm.

The symposium is open to general practitioners, interested hospital doctors and specialists, practice managers, practice nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, radiographers, psychologists, and pharmacists.

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