Nemours' paediatric Remote Monitoring wins Florida Governor's Innovation Award

Jacksonville 19 September 2006Nemours, one of the United States' largest children's health systems, was named recipient of the 2006 Governor of Florida's Innovation Award. Nemours was recognized by Governor Jeb Bush on September 18, 2006 for its contributions to Florida's economic growth by its Remote Monitoring health care project for children with chronic conditions such as asthma.

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"The statewide annual celebration of Industry Appreciation Week celebrates the contributions of Florida businesses, like Nemours, to our state and local communities. Nemours was chosen to receive this award based on its demonstrated ingenuity, civic leadership, and significant contribution to diversifying and strengthening Florida's economy", stated Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, in a letter to David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Nemours.

Nemours has been investing considerable resources to develop a model of an economically sustainable adjunct to the current system of care, built on using e-health and remote monitoring technologies for disease management of chronic or complex paediatric patients. "Our goal is to deliver a clinical outcome equal to or greater than the traditional model of care, equally available to all citizens, at lower cost", stated Dr. Bailey.

Nemours' Remote Monitoring consists of technology installed in schools for children who suffer from chronic medical conditions to e-visit with their clinicians through videoconference. The technology is designed to monitor patient biologic information through use of pulse oximetry, spirometry, stethoscope for the heart and lungs, and a peak flow meter. The clinically monitored data is transmitted from the patient-screen located at the school or daycare over the Internet to the Nemours Children's Clinic. Vitals are observed by a clinician to determine the patient's condition at that particular given point in time.

Monitoring remotely from a patient's home, school, or daycare enables nurses and physicians to extend care beyond office visits and allows patients to empower themselves with disease management. Additionally, scheduling office visits results in missed school days and a parent taking paid time off from work. With remote monitoring, health care savings for the child's family are achieved.

Remote monitoring is currently grant funded through a Department of Commerce Federal Technologies Opportunities Programme (TOP) grant. In partnership with JEA, the eighth largest municipal electric, water and sewer utility in the United States and the largest in Florida, the funded programme delivers telemedicine to underserved areas of Jacksonville, as well as schools and day care facilities around the city.

Nemours provides institutions and services to improve the health of children. Employing over 400 paediatric physicians, subspecialists and surgeons, Nemours cared for approximately a quarter of a million children during nearly one million encounters in 2005, making Nemours one of the United States' largest children's health systems.

In addition to the many ongoing research, education, health and prevention programmes, Nemours owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and major children's speciality centres in Delaware, Wilmington; Florida, Jacksonville, Orlando and Pensacola; Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr; New Jersey, Atlantic City and Voorhees; and many primary care paediatric practices throughout Delaware. Additionally, the most visited health care Web site on-line for parents, kids, and teens, www.kidshealth.org, is a project of Nemours.

Nemours is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Florida, University of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Main Line Health System, Virtua Health, AtlantiCare Regional Health System, Baptist Medical Center (Wolfson Children's Hospital), Orlando Regional Medical Center (Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women) and Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. More company news is available in the VMW April 2005 article Nemours and JEA set a national standard in remote home monitoring children with asthma using Broadband over Power Lines.


Leslie Versweyveld

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