WESTBURY, N.Y. – Northwell Health Home Care Network will provide Bluetooth-enabled tablets to its home-care patients through a partnership with Health Recovery Solutions. Patients will be instructed to use the tablets to transmit their vital signs to their clinicians, as well as for videoconferencing.
“Telemonitoring is a wonderful tool to help reduce re-hospitalizations,” said Diane Asquino, director of patient services for Northwell Health HCN, in a statement. “It engages the patient in managing their health by helping them to identify symptoms early if they think something is wrong, they can notify their physician immediately to reduce hospitalizations.”
The wireless tablets include a moveable video camera, blood pressure and digital weight monitors, a pulse oximeter and stethoscope. Vitals signs are transmitted in real-time, and alerts are triggered for patients at high risk of a medical emergency.
Northwell is one of the first home care providers in the New York metropolitan area to provide Bluetooth-enabled telemonitoring capabilities, and the only one on Long Island, said Northwell officials in a statement.
“We are thrilled to partner with an organization that recognizes telemonitoring as the future of home-based and outpatient care,” said Janet Bauer, HRS CEO, in a statement.