Telehealth refers to a home based health monitoring system which monitors, at pre-determined intervals, an individual's clinical data; such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, temperature, weight and can be a medication reminder depending on the unit available.
The goal of this service is to improve individual health outcomes and chronic disease management. Telehealth Services may be beneficial if the individual has medical condition(s) which require frequent monitoring, has had frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits, and has difficulty getting to a medical facility or lives alone in a rural area.
The data is automatically transmitted to the provider agency where medical staff review the information and respond as needed to the individual, family member, physician, and/or the Long Term Services and Supports Specialist as appropriate. Clinical monitoring most often occurs daily, but some providers may be able to offer more frequent monitoring depending on the needs of the individual.
Telehealth includes equipment rental and the set up and availability of a nurse's time to monitor and provide feedback to the individual, their family, and/or consultation with the individual's physician and the Long Term Services and Supports Specialist.