James A. Haley and Cyber-Care finalise specialised telehealth training for federal health care installations

Boynton Beach 27 June 2001The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, in Tampa, has executed a Letter of Intent with Cyber-Care Inc. to provide specialised governmental training to all federal-related health care installations that purchase Cyber-Care products, to assist with the establishment of telehealth guidelines and protocols across the country. Beginning at month's end, the hospital will also utilise Cyber-Care products for its own telehealth programmes. The CyberCare System, consisting of the Electronic HouseCall (EHC) family of products, the CyberCare 24 Network and the Cyber HealthManager, will be used to monitor patients cared for by the hospital, and James A. Haley will also develop telehealth training guidelines and quality control to be applied in other governmental installations.

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Initially, the medical centre will place 10 to 15 patient units and two base stations in Tampa and its surrounding areas to be utilised in the design of a diabetes study. Plans include increasing the number of patient units installed over the remainder of this year, in order to yield statistically representative findings. The project will primarily involve the use of the EHC 100, 350, and 600 models. Results of the diabetes study will be published upon gathering data at the completion of the project.

The hospital has previously participated in telehealth projects and according to Richard A. Silver, director of James A. Haley Hospital, "past results clearly illustrate that telehealth applications of different technologies, when used correctly, can produce significant cost savings, especially in reduction of hospital stays and emergency room visits. This type of telehealth training programme could be beneficial in developing Internet-based technology that may enhance patient care."

"The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital is an exemplary facility as it has received numerous awards regarding quality of care and patient initiatives", stated Michael E. Lemnitzer, vice president of business development for Cyber-Care. "Having this calibre of staff and vision utilising Cyber-Care in an effort to help extend the reach and service delivery of the Veterans Administration and other federal health care facilities will help accelerate the move toward providing consistent high-quality training, guidelines and protocols in the area of telehealth."

The James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital is a 321-bed tertiary care teaching hospital with 180 nursing home care beds and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care and services to veterans in Central Florida. The full range of inpatient and outpatient care is provided including a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Service, a 38-bed Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, and a fully equipped Radiation Therapy Unit. Tampa is also responsible for three satellite Outpatient Clinics located in Orlando, Port Richey, and in Brevard as well as two Readjustment Counselling Centers in Orlando and Tampa.

Community Based Outpatient Clinics are located in various counties such as Polk in Lakeland, Hernando in Brooksville, Seminole County in Sanford, and Osceola in Kissimmee. A joint Community Based Outpatient Clinic shared by the Veterans Affairs Department and the Department of Defense (DOD) is planned for Hillsborough County in Brandon for late 2001. The James A. Haley hospital was activated in 1972 and is affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine in North Tampa, developing a unique and very close professional relationship.

More commercial contracting news on Cyber-Care is available in this issue's article For companies and institutions dealing with remote patient monitoring, it is CyberCare everywhere.


Leslie Versweyveld

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