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Home Telemonitoring Patient Data Now Available to Vermont Providers

by Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. on Mar 10th, 2017

BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH), and the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) announce the immediate availability of home telemonitoring patient data through the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE). The VHIE is Vermont’s secure, statewide network that gives health care providers the ability to electronically exchange and access patient data.

In-home telemonitoring services are provided by CVHHH and the VNA for patients with complex health conditions, like heart disease or respiratory disorders. Telemonitors are easy to use touchscreen tablets that prompt patients to measure and record their vital signs at home on a daily basis. The information is transmitted wirelessly to the home health agency where it is monitored and reviewed by nurses. This offers a sense of security to patients knowing that their health conditions are being actively monitored by nurses who can alert other providers if needed.

Sandy Rousse, president and chief executive officer at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice said, “Our home telemonitoring program is based on a co-case management model promoting care coordination between physicians and home health visiting staff, while allowing for timely education to a change in one’s health condition, improving self-management of disease process.  Having the telemonitoring data available electronically and in real time through the VHIE allows our home visiting staff and other providers such as physicians to have access to data when and where they need it to better inform patient care and outcomes.”

Until now, data from the in-home devices were only available within the telemonitoring system itself. If data were needed by a doctor or another health care provider, it had to be manually transferred – most likely by secure fax – to that provider. But, with the help of a grant from the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project, the VNA and CVHHH were able to connect their telemonitoring systems to their electronic health record (EHR) systems and then work with VITL to create a connection to carry the results from their EHRs to the VHIE. This means that the data collected at the patient’s home is immediately available to any other provider at the home health agency or to any other treating provider in Vermont.

“For all of the benefits of telemonitoring, the data from the home monitors was locked in a system that was separate from our EHR. Now, any provider with whom we coordinate care for our patients can have access to this data, which may be crucial in making adjustments to their care plan or to their medications,” said Judy Peterson, president and chief executive officer at the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle County.

The VHIE collects and indexes clinical information from Vermont’s 14 hospitals, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and 155 other provider locations. With a patient’s consent, any provider involved in the care of that patient can access their medical and medication history through the VHIE.

John K. Evans, president and CEO of VITL said, “this is a great example of collaboration between home health agencies, VITL, and the State of Vermont to overcome technical challenges and work across organizations that block access to data. The ability to provide data collected by patients at home through the VHIE complements data generated by healthcare organizations, resulting in more informed decision making by healthcare clinicians, which supports better patient outcomes for Vermonters.”

About VITL:
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a nonprofit organization that advances health care reform in Vermont. VITL assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology, to improve the quality of care delivery, to enhance patient safety and to reduce the cost of care. VITL is legislatively designated to operate the health information exchange (HIE) for Vermont, and is governed by a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. For more information, please visitwww.vitl.net

About CVHHH:

Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) is a 100+ year old not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Association providing high-quality, patient-centered care to central Vermonters of all ages in the safety and comfort of home. We serve 23 communities in Vermont’s Washington and Orange Counties, providing a range of services, including skilled nursing for all ages, rehabilitation services, illness and disease management, hospice and palliative care, private care and support services such as maternal-child care and long term care. In addition, we promote the general health and welfare of the community by providing public foot care and flu clinics, immunizations and nurse consultations for international travel.  Visit www.cvhhh.org for information about programs and services.

 

About the VNA:

The VNA is a 111-year-old non-profit home health and hospice agency providing medically-complex home and community-based care to individuals and families throughout Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.  VNA programs span a lifetime and include comprehensive nursing care for adults and children, rehabilitation services, chronic disease management, hospice and palliative care services, adult day programs and private care services. Last year, the VNA served over 5,400 individuals and provided $1.54 million in charitable care to our neighbors in need. The VNA is proud to be a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont. For more information on VNA services and programs, please contact the VNA at (802) 658-1900 or visit www.VNACares.org

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