Bluetooth-connected devices are expected to reduce hospital visits
CENTENNIAL, COLO. (Oct. 18, 2016) — Consumers and health care providers using home health monitoring services through Centura Health will find the experience easier and more beneficial than ever thanks to new devices the organization recently delivered to patients.
Centura Health has long been the region’s pioneer in home health monitoring. Using devices such as scales and blood pressure cuffs connected to telecom devices, patients with chronic conditions take their own measurements and transmit them to a nurse. This technique is widely credited with reducing hospital admissions and emergency visits, and it’s one of many ways the organization optimizes health care value for consumers.
The new hardware, from Vivify Health of Plano, Texas, adds pre-recorded instructions in multiple languages, Bluetooth connectivity of medical device peripherals, and the ability to video-chat with a nurse via an “instant on” 4G tablet.
“Biometric data alone has been proven to increase quality of life, but there’s room for subjectivity when the nurse has to ask a patient by phone if, for example, an ankle became more swollen overnight. Now the nurse can see the ankle and determine if an in-person exam is necessary,” said Samantha Lippolis, telehealth director, Centura Health.
A “bring your own device” option is available for patients with lower acuity and a higher comfort level with technology, Lippolis said.
The new devices will be made available at first to about 100 patients who are enrolled in Colorado Accountable Care, a Medicare Shared Savings Plan administered by Centura Health, or who receive services from Centura Health at Home, the organization’s home health agency.
“We are honored to be a part of Centura Health’s vanguard vision to improve the health of patients with all conditions, including chronic illnesses, with proactive care and interventions,” said Eric Rock, CEO of Vivify Health.
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About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.
About Vivify Health
Vivify Health is one of healthcare’s leading mobile Remote Care Management Platforms, providing multiple modalities of health consumer monitoring and engagement, aligned with individual risk profiles and technical capabilities. Founded in 2009, Vivify Health was among the first companies to deliver remote care technology via the cloud and mobile devices (mHealth), with deep integration into EMR, Analytics and Population Health systems, including open APIs for real-time and bi-directional data exchange, enabling “the last mile of population health.” Vivify’s solutions and services include fully-managed health kits (4G tablets and wireless personal health devices, with 24/7 tech support and logistics services), BYOD solutions, IVR solutions and professional services including workflow consulting, HIT Integration, and optional clinical call center support. Intuitive and simple interfaces define the Vivify experience for both patients and clinicians, with platform flexibility for remotely monitoring any clinical condition, shaping behavior through surveys and assessments, educational video content and virtual visits. Learn more at: http://blog.vivifyhealth.com/.