In addition to clinical consultations, KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth is investigating the use of technology to assist chronically ill, elderly Kansans stay in their homes. Telehealth technology can help manage health issues that might otherwise require admission to a hospital or nursing facility. By partnering with local home-care providers, KUCTT has shown that daily monitoring of health indicators such as blood pressure, pulse, weight and blood glucose can help people better manage their illnesses and prevent unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Home telehealth does not only measure vital signs and other health statistics. It provides health care professionals with additional opportunities to educate patients on health and wellness techniques specific to their individual needs. Today, many of the home monitoring systems incorporate advancements in miniaturization and wireless technology and use two-way video and audio capabilities to respond quickly to certain health events.