OTN’s Telehomecare program helps patients manage chronic health conditions — specifically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or congestive heart failure (CHF) — at home. Easy-to-use equipment that includes a blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter and weight scale enables a specially trained nurse to securely monitor the patient’s vital signs daily at a distance. The nurse also provides health coaching by phone to help the patient learn about their chronic illness and to make the best choices to improve their health and live life to the fullest.
Telehomecare is a six-month program available free to patients with mild to moderate COPD or CHF. The nurse monitors vital signs daily and shares the data with the patient’s main healthcare provider to reinforce the circle of care. Health coaching focuses on making healthy lifestyle choices such as staying active and eating right. Established as a formal program in 2012, Telehomecare is currently available in 9 of the 14 Local Health Integration Networks, delivered through hospitals and health teams. Telehomecare is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Canada Health Infoway.
Telehomecare has been shown to reduce hospital stays and ER visits by more than 60%
Care at Home
Remote monitoring means peace of mind for the patient, and their caregiver, at home
No Need to Travel
Telehomecare helps the patient avoid the time and travel involved with regular trips to the doctor
Gaining control of their health means the patient lives their best possible life
Telehomecare helps patients avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital and catch a worsening condition before it turns into an emergency. Data indicate the program has contributed to a reduction in hospital stays and ER visits by more than 60 per cent.
Any healthcare provider can refer a patient to the Telehomecare program. Information and referral forms are available at https://rxtelehomecare.ca/refer-a-patient. Patients can also self-refer, by going to http://ontariotelehomecare.ca and using the postal code sorter to find contact information for the program in their region.
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