Telehomecare, the Remote Care Coach

OTN-CareInCommunities-Doctor-PatientThis is Beatrice. She’s 77 and has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “One morning, I was having trouble breathing, really gasping. My poor family was terrified and called 911.”

Beatrice was in hospital for 10 days and when she was able to go home, her family doctor, Dr. Sanjeev Goel, enrolled her in OTN’s Telehomecare as part of her care plan.

Telehomecare supports patients with COPD or chronic heart failure through health coaching and remote monitoring in the comfort of their own homes. With easy-to-use equipment, patients measure their vital signs and answer simple questions about how they’re feeling. Specially-trained nurses – or other clinicians – monitor results and alert the primary care provider if there are signs of an exacerbation. Weekly phone coaching helps patients make the connection between habits and health. And providers receive convenient reports.

With Telehomecare, patients gain the skill and confidence to effectively manage their condition at home. Beatrice says the equipment is simple to use and thanks to her Telehomecare nurse, she’s learning to “stay off the salt” and exercise regularly. “I can’t believe the care I’m getting.”

Best of all, Beatrice hasn’t been back to hospital.