The tablets include blood pressure and digital weight monitors, a pulse oximeter, stethoscope and moveable video camera. The mobile device is able to transmit vital signs and other data to the patient’s care team and family members as well as trigger alerts for those who are at risk of a medical emergency. The tablet does not only improve health outcomes, but it also gets patients more engaged in their own health.
"Telemonitoring is a wonderful tool to help reduce re-hospitalizations," says Northwell’s Director of Patient Services Diane Asquino. "It engages the patient in managing their health by helping them to identify symptoms early. If they think something is wrong, they can notify their physicians immediately to reduce hospitalizations."
Initially the services the company offered, were done on a computer, but this new mobile variation of the technology allows clinicians to remote access and communicate with patients 24/7. The usage of the mobile device in comparison with the computer has also become much easier.
“We are not computer experts. We don’t even own a computer, but we can manage this very well,” said Charlotte Feinstein, whose 100-year-old husband Bernard is a user of the new device. “With this program, we don’t have to leave the apartment and go back-and-forth to doctor visits.”