Telemonitoring: The Future of Healthcare - 

Telemonitoring. It’s considered a solution for effective patient monitoring and improved outcomes. But, do you know what it is? Helping people stay on track with their treatment, telemonitoring is the daily remote management of disease symptoms and signs. It can also detect early warning signs of a worsening medical condition. Simply put, telemonitoring allows you to record information - including blood pressure, weight, blood sugar, medication use and pulse – at home using electronic methods. The information is then tracked by medical professionals who note changes, concerns and the like. 

Telemonitoring fits into the goals of chronic disease management by improving the quality of life of the patient and reducing the need for emergency department and doctor visits. It’s especially helpful in the treatment of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF) and diabetes, as well as those who have suffered from a myocardial infarction.

One important member of the telemonitoring family is the medication dispenser. Medication non-adherence is the number one reason why seniors take a trip to the emergency department, and it’s responsible for up to 40% of nursing home admissions. Medication dispensers, such as the Philips medication dispenser, help ensure the user is getting the right medications at the right time.

“With the medication dispenser, family members can visit their loved one. They don’t have to be the ‘pill police’,” says Beverly Lawton, executive director at Franciscan Companies. “Research shows that regular compliance with prescribed medications leads to better health outcomes. In several cases, it has led to decreasing dosages of medication as the problem wasn’t the medicine; it was how regularly it was taken.”

The medication dispenser is easy to use; with the push of a button, the correct dosage is dispensed.

“It’s great,” Jane Dorsey says. She signed her father up for a medication dispenser through Franciscan Companies. “My father is on a more regular schedule with eating and his medications; I notice a difference in his behavior. I think the medication is working better because it’s being taken correctly.”

The change Dorsey sees is fairly common. The positive impact of the medication dispenser is a small example of the benefit electronic monitoring can play in the reduction of chronic disease complications.  Telemonitoring as a whole provides better follow up, reduces patient travel time, provides health care services without using hospital beds and reduces costs. And, the sky is the limit. In fact, Philips Corp., a world leader in health care, has asked Franciscan Companies to partner in a pilot program to keep people in their homes longer using advanced technology.

For more information on the Philips medication dispenser, call (315) 492-8175.