VANCOUVER, B.C. – Technology company Reliq Health is hoping its partnerships with home health agencies will open access to telehealth for rural, underserved communities.
A recently-announced partnership with Texas-based Paz Home Health is the perfect illustration of that mission, said Giancarlo DeLio, founder and chief visionary officer of Reliq Health.
“We’re super-excited about this partnership,” said DeLio. “We really believe that home health can solve the problems of delivering telehealth in these rural areas.”
Reliq Health, which creates mHealth and telemedicine solutions for community-based health care, will provide hardware and software solutions to Paz’s home care patients for remote patient monitoring. Enrollment will begin with 500 patients in June, building to 10,000 in 2018.
Paz Home Health, headquartered in Pharr, Texas, provides care to more than 10,000 patients across 16 counties in southern Texas. Many of those counties are located in rural, underserved communities close to the Mexican border.
“This demographic we’re dealing with doesn’t have an iPhone or a tablet to manage their chronic health conditions,” said DeLio.
Instead, Paz nurses each have a smartphone with an app that connects to the company’s platform via Bluetooth, or through a SIM card or direct connection. The nurses are able to collect blood pressure, blood glucose and other vital information through the app.
In this way, DeLio said the home health care agency serves as the gateway to telehealth for these patients.
“We see a huge opportunity to help with this in rural and underserved communities—it can really separate us as a company,” said DeLio.
Dayana Bermea, CEO of Paz Home Health, says telehealth frees up nurses for patient care where it’s needed most.
“Our mission at Paz Home Health is to provide peace of mind for patients and their loved ones, so we’re excited to be working with Reliq Health to support our care providers in their day-to-day workflow,” she said.
DeLio said that Reliq would continue to seek partnerships with additional home health agencies and expand access to telehealth for rural communities.
“These agencies understand their clients and they know what’s going to work and what’s not going to work,” DeLio said. “Through them, we’re going to be able to solve the problem of telehealth.”