"The Heritage physician groups are committed to providing quality clinical programmes that empower patients to actively participate in the management of their clinical diseases in an effort to improve their health and life", stated S. Ian Drew, M.D., FACP, FRCP, FACEP, Executive Vice President, Clinical Affairs of Heritage Provider Network Inc. "By using the flexible Cardiocom technology-based management solutions, we can offer new benefits to help people improve their self-management skills, remain in constant communication with their treating physician and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and in-patient hospitalizations."
The Cardiocom Telescale and Commander equipment are placed in the homes of HPN Network patients. The sophisticated software system provided by Cardiocom allows nurses at remote locations to monitor daily vital signs and health status of patients. Nurse case managers intervene to provide education and coaching designed to assist HPN patients with the management of their chronic conditions. The telemonitoring system enables physician groups to provide high quality care that follows national practice standards.
Cardiocom and Heritage Provider Network Inc. have partnered to study best clinical practices resulting from this home based telemonitoring programme, as well as the clinical, economic and quality of life benefits that result from patients using the telemonitoring system. Data will be tracked from a minimum of 350 patients with a diagnosis of heart failure. The study will be monitored by HPN clinical research staff including Marilyn Harz, RN, Ph.D, Vice President of Clinical Services; Karen M. Driskill, RN, MHA, Director of Clinical Services; and Alan Schechter Ph.D., Director, Healthcare Informatics with Heritage Provider Network Inc. HPN is also working with Ariel Linden, DPH, MS, a recognized health services researcher whose focus is evaluating the effectiveness of disease management and health promotion initiatives.
The two organisations will enroll patients and deploy the system at six HPN medical groups' sites. Those groups include:
- Bakersfield Family Medical Group
- Regal Medical Group
- High Desert Medical Group
- Desert Medical Group
- Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group
- Greater Covina Medical Group