Adirondack Health, Health Recovery Solutions to provide innovative remote monitoring access in northern New York with HIE integration

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With a $250,000 grant, Adirondack Health will use HRS's software to remotely monitor patients in northern New York. Tablets will be distributed through three public health agencies and assistance provided by two additional home health agencies and the Office for Aging. Data integration will occur via Hixny.

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... We are working closely with our partners at Health Recovery Solutions to chart an exciting course forward in the self-management of care,” said Sylvia Getman, Adirondack Health President & CEO.

Adirondack Health and Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) have partnered to provide remote monitoring and videoconferencing services throughout the North Country region of New York State. With multiple health care providers in the region set to use HRS’s software to engage and care for patients, Adirondack Health has setup plans to have HRS integrated through Hixny.

Hixny is a Qualified Entity which serves 1.7 million patients in the Capital District, northern New York and the Mohawk Valley. Hixny, among many other services and programs operates a health information exchange (HIE) which allows for secure electronic access to patients’ records, with consent.

Adirondack Health is a non-profit organization and a family of facilities serving the Adirondack region of northern New York for the past 100 years. The hospital to home initiative project was awarded Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP) funds of $250,000 to support the goals of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP). DSRIP’s goal is to restructure the health care delivery system by expanding the Medicaid program, and reduce avoidable hospital admissions by 25% over five years. Adirondack Health also hopes in the future to expand their approach and open the door to use HRS’s software in multiple settings, including cardiology, bariatrics, chronic disease management, behavioral health and post-partum patients.

Franklin, Essex and Hamilton County Public Health Agencies are at the forefront in distributing the tablets and monitoring the patients. Office for the Aging, North Country Home Care, and HCR are the home health agencies who will be assisting the patients if they need help in using their tablets and peripherals. Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), the DSRIP Performing Provider System (PPS) lead agency in the region, is providing support and resources to project partners through its Telemedicine program.

“Leveraging the ubiquity and simplicity of tablet computing, we are working closely with our partners at Health Recovery Solutions to chart an exciting course forward in the self-management of care,” said Sylvia Getman, Adirondack Health President & CEO. “We are also very appreciative of the New York State Department of Health’s support for this critical initiative.”

HRS uses a 4G-enabled tablet equipped with their software and integrated with Bluetooth devices to capture vital signs and provide high risk-alerts. It also provides educational videos, two-way videoconferencing for family members and clinicians, and assistance with medication management.

For more information please contact Matthew G. Scollin, Director of Communications for Adirondack Health, at (518) 897-2341, or mgscollin(at)adirondackhealth(dot)org. For information on HRS, call (347) 699-6HRS, visit http://www.healthrecoverysolutions.com, or email info(at)healthrecoverysolutions(dot)com.

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