The initial programme, which will begin on January 2, 2000, will be conducted at the Sherman County Good Samaritan Center in Goodland, Kansas, and will offer the modified Electronic HouseCall System to a group of twenty-five individuals in a four county area of western Kansas. Based on the success of this project the telemedicine programme could be expanded to the Good Samaritan's national patient base that serves more than 4000 new individuals. Local referring health care providers have provided their strong support for the new tele-home health services which the Sherman County centre is bringing to their area.
The Good Samaritan Society currently serves more than 28.000 residents in about 250 independent living and long term care facilities in 25 states. The Society addresses the needs of individuals who are not necessarily covered by Medicare or other assistance programmes, and whose families cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs of medical care. The purpose of the tele-home health initiative is to provide advance "outreach" care to protect the health of clinically dependent individuals who are waiting for admission to a Good Samaritan facility. Tele-home health care may equally be used for continued care after discharge from a health care facility.
"Through the use of this technology, we will be able to provide the community with a wonderful solution for families in finding quality health care support", as stated by Paul Rainbolt, who is Administrator of the Sherman County Good Samaritan Center. "With the quite significant changes in provider reimbursement, we can help the community health care providers as well. CyberCare has proven to be a leader in the industry, which made our decision easier to make."
Based in Boynton Beach, Florida, CyberCare is a technology assisted disease management company with four business lines. The company provides an Electronic HouseCall System, a patented Internet-based technology system which remotely monitors chronically ill patients. In addition, the company operates physical, occupational and speech therapy centres, an e-pharmacy and one of the world's largest international air ambulance transport service.
For more information about the Electronic House Call System, you can consult the August and December 1999 issues of the VMW Magazine. For extensive details, please read the articles CyberCare and Nortel to partner in international electronic tele-home care system and Electronic HouseCall transforms the chronically ill into responsible, self-caring patients. The news on the patent award for the Electronic HouseCall System technology is available in this month's VMW issue in the article CyberCare granted patent on patient-friendly tele-monitoring system.