The SIG was established in 1999 to support the expansion and utilization of telehealth, remote monitoring and disease management applications in the patient's place of residence. These services may be provided through a variety of healthcare delivery models that include but are not limited to home care, hospital-based care, nursing home care, and call centers. Areas of interest include: raising public and professional awareness about the benefits derived from home telehealth and remote monitoring, developing practice guidelines and protocols, advocating for services through state and federal government funding, gathering information and developing a data repository for sharing information about outcomes of services to include quality of care, evaluating costs and benefits, and gathering resource information on available and evolving technologies. This SIG sponsors tutorials, courses, educational workshops and seminars and a web page that provides important information and numerous documents and reports in support of this field.
What is Home Telehealth and Remote Monitoring?
Home Telehealth is a service that gives the clinician the ability to monitor and measure patient health data and information over geographical, social, and cultural distances. This monitoring includes use of both video and non-video technologies. The application of these technologies allows for increased access to health services, improved disease management, improved self-care management and earlier and proactive interventions for positive outcomes. The decisions of which technology to use are driven by the patient's clinical need and the objectives and resources of the organization. Technologies utilized include: Store & Forward, video, messaging, and remote monitoring which may include some or all of the following sensors- ECG, pulse oximetry, vital signs, stethoscope, weight , and glucose.
Home telehealth technologies can support post-discharge, home health, chronic care management, schools, skilled nursing facilities, sub-acute care and senior living facilities. Home telehealth & remote monitoring technologies can provide education, monitoring, patient self-directed care and the ability for individuals to have more effective access to health care. These applications extend the vision of the clinician to facilitate quicker assessment and proactive intervention for many populations living with chronic and acute healthcare problems to improve quality of life.