Heart failure patients in the telemonitoring group were provided a weighing scale and blood pressure monitor to assist them in the daily measurement of their weight, pulse and blood pressure upon discharge from CGH. They also received a personal tablet to wirelessly capture these key vital parameters and to upload it to a central system for monitoring. Tele-nurses then remotely monitored participants’ vital readings and intervened when signs of deterioration were detected. To teach patients how to manage their diseases and ensure care compliance, there were also educational videos, e-quizzes and follow-up calls from tele-nurses.
“To meet the long-term demand for chronic care, we need to start shifting chronic disease management beyond hospital walls and into our patients’ home,” said Mr. Diederik Zeven, General Manager, Health Systems, Philips ASEAN Pacific. “Telehealth, where patients are remotely monitored at home, is a sustainable and scalable model that bridges the care delivery gap. At the same time, this care model also shows positive impact in treatment compliance which results in better quality of life for patients. Staying connected with patients in between their check-ups, ensuring that they remain healthy, thereby reducing hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs are the optimal goals in patient care.”