Helping patients stay healthy from the comfort of home
St. Luke's offers home telemonitoring technology for home care and
hospice patients. This technology allows St. Luke's medical staff
to monitor patients who no longer require hospitalization and could benefit
from close observation after discharge.
A monitoring unit is placed in the home to measure blood pressure, heart
rate, oxygen levels and weight each day. A voice prompt provides instruction
at the appropriate time each day and results are sent via the telephone
line to St. Luke's. A nurse reviews and evaluates the information
to provide follow-up as needed.
If you qualify for skilled home health care, this service is included as
a benefit. St. Luke's can help you determine if you meet eligibility
for this monitoring. No computer skills are needed, and a nurse will make
sure you understand how to use the equipment.
Home telemonitoring is available for a daily fee for patients no longer
eligible for Medicare-covered home health service. Home telemonitoring
is also available to patients who have never had skilled home health services
on a private-pay basis.
Home telemonitoring technology is funded, in part, by a grant from
St. Luke's Foundation.