BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Catholic Health Home and Community Based Care has partnered with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) for a Palliative Care Telemonitoring Pilot. The pilot is a joint initiative with Catholic Health's community partner, Hospice Buffalo, which was established to reduce avoidable emergency department (ED) visits and hospital readmissions. Patients with chronic diseases who require palliative care interventions are eligible to participate in the pilot.
The Palliative Care Telemonitoring Pilot is in the unique position of having been chosen to receive Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) funding from New York State for one year. Catholic Health plans to aggregate the data from the pilot program in order to build an evidenced based case supporting insurance reimbursement for telemonitoring and virtual visit engagement. Since the program's inception in April 2018, there have been no recorded hospital admissions among participants.
The patients placed on Catholic Health's palliative care telemonitoring program are provided with 4G tablets loaded with the HRS software. The tablets are paired with Bluetooth devices, which allow patients to take their blood pressure, weight, heart rate, and pulse oximetry readings. The software gives clinicians the ability to monitor patient vitals, respond to risk alerts, and conduct nursing visits through video, phone, and text chat all in real time.
Catholic Health is particularly excited about the ability to conduct video visits with patients. Videoconferencing allows the clinicians at Catholic Health to increase touch points with patients, while simultaneously decreasing clinician travel time. Catholic Health reports that their patients are equally excited about this unique care delivery model.
Kimberly Peters, Vice President of Operations for Niagara County, states, "Our Palliative/Telemonitoring pilot represents an enhanced care delivery model that allows us to reach more patients, while demonstrating a significant reduction in avoidable ER visits and hospital readmissions. This pilot exemplifies how the use of technology can impact health care delivery and revolutionize the way we care for our patients."
Carolina Rayzel, Client Success and Operations Manager at HRS, adds "The palliative care telemonitoring pilot at Catholic Health is a truly innovative program that will change the standard of care for this patient population. We are grateful to be Catholic Health's partner for this important initiative."
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To learn more about Catholic Health, visit http://www.chsbuffalo.org. For more information about Catholic Health's Home and Community Based Care services, please call 716.685.4870.
About Health Recovery Solutions (HRS)
Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) supplies leading home care agencies with the most advanced remote monitoring platform focused on changing patient behavior to reduce readmissions and improve clinical outcomes. HRS' disease-specific engagement kits are customized with educational video, care plans, medication reminders while integrated with Bluetooth peripherals to engage patients. For clinicians, HRS' software allows for the management of high-risk patients and provides seamless communication with them through video chat, wound imaging and text messaging. For family members and caregivers, HRS' software gives them the ability to be fully involved in their family member's care and well-being. To learn more about Health Recovery Solutions, visit http://www.healthrecoverysolutions.com or call 347.699.6477.
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