New Study Tests Mobile Telemonitoring of Home Health Care

Some home care providers are adopting mobile care technology as part of a new study, announced in June. From blood pressure alerts to GPS mileage tracking for home-care nurses, the study aims to test the effectiveness and efficiency of mobile tools in a home care setting.

While telemonitoring has proven effective in acute and primary care settings, University Health Network, which has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, is using this study to try new home health care-centered models of telemonitoring, said Dr. Joseph Cafazzo, Lead, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network, in a press release.

ParaMed Home Health Care and CellTrak Technologies Inc., provider of integrated mobile solutions for home health care, will support the new mobile phone-based technology study, the companies announced last week.

The system, which uses GPS-tracking mobile devices via home-care technology platform, will not only record clients’ health data including weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, ECG and symptoms, but also home health care nurses’ mileage records, travel times, and home visit times. Tracking of client and nurse data via mobile phone-device aims to increase efficiency and efficacy in the home health care reporting process, the press release stated.

“Combined with GPS mileage monitoring and automated visit verification, CellTrak automates workflow, improves compliance, reduces costs and helps you improve outcomes at the point of care,” the company said.

Using wireless medical devices, the client information is simultaneously sent to a nurse’s mobile device and internet data servers which make the information available in real time. Clinicians can then be notified if needed, and proper messages or instructions can be sent back to the client.

This system will be tested in a multi-year project. Once the first focus of adapting the current client monitoring system to home health care nurses is completed, the system will then be paired with ParaMed nurses.

Written by Erin Hegarty