Idea submitted by: Joel J, Reich, MD
Home Telehealth has tremendous potential for patient engagement and activation. While it is currently quite helpful in the home management of patients with COPD, HF, and diabetes it has much untapped potential for home, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living facility use.
To fully derive its value several things need to be implemented:
1. Continuous monitoring (via wearable sensors) vs. the current interval monitoring.
2. Easy-to-use algorithms to efficiently filter data to enable useful & appropriate alerts (texting, phone call, email, EHR, etc.) to be sent to the patient, family members/caregivers, home telehealth staff, and possibly physician.
3. Improved collection and filtering of data to create meaningful information in the EHR.