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Friday, March 4, 2011

Veterans who have diagnoses such as diabetes, chronic heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypertension, spinal cord injuries, depression, schizophrenia, dementia or post-traumatic stress disorder, are finding that getting treatment in today’s world can be complex and inconvenient.  Conditions like these can make it difficult for the patient to remain independent in their own home and sometimes require that symptoms and vital signs be checked frequently.  Having this information means physicians and nurses can change medications or other treatments in order to prevent serious health problems from developing.

Thanks to the Care Coordination / Home Telehealth (CCHT) Program, patients are able to report their symptoms and vital signs from the comfort of their own home.  This is possible due in part to special Home Telehealth devices, such as the Health Buddy and ATI LifeView (pictured below), which connect patients directly to their Care Manager via standard telephone lines and/or high speed internet.  The CCHT Program is targets the 2-3% of patients who utilize 30% of costs, are frequent clinic attendees, and require urgent hospital admissions, with the goal of reducing hospital admissions as well as clinic and emergency room visits.

If you would like to learn more about the new and innovative Care Coordination / Home Telehealth Program, please contact David Chmielewski, Program Manager at (440) 526- 3030  ext 7730.

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