Honeywell's remote monitoring solutions help reduce rehospitalizations and duration of hospital stays for patients

Brookfield 30 September 2008Honeywell HomMed LifeStream Remote Patient Care System has been selected by Carolinas HealthCare System for its new network-wide telemonitoring programme. As part of its implementation of the LifeStream System, Carolinas HealthCare System purchased 360 Genesis DM Telehealth Monitors for the programme, running across six counties, which aims to improve patient outcomes, reduce rehospitalizations and decrease the duration of hospital stays for patients.

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The Genesis DM, a 2008 gold winner of the Medical Design Excellence Award, is specifically designed to be integrated with the Web-based LifeStream system and contains one of the most comprehensive and easy-to-use remote biometric and symptom evaluations available. Honeywell's Remote Patient Care System is part of HomMed's LifeStream ecosystem, a comprehensive telehealth platform which integrates patient facing devices; software applications and disease management content; and related services to provide a total telehealth solution optimizing patient and financial outcomes, while improving standardization and quality of care.

"When used as part of a comprehensive programme like Carolinas HealthCare System's, the innovative technologies of the LifeStream Remote Patient Care System and, the Genesis DM Telehealth Monitor, enable better outcomes for patients through regular monitoring and preventive intervention", stated Terry Duesterhoeft, vice president of sales and marketing for Honeywell HomMed. "Additionally, these technologies help reduce escalating health care costs by reducing the amount of time patients may spend in hospitals and managing their re-entry."

Carolinas HealthCare System, an integrated delivery network (IDN) of 23 hospitals throughout North and South Carolina, is currently rolling out the telemonitoring programme. It will be used by hospitals in the IDN with home care services including Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina; Carolinas Medical Center - Lincoln in Lincolnton, North Carolina; Carolinas Medical Center - Union in Monroe, North Carolina; Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, North Carolina; Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina; and Blue Ridge HealthCare System in Valdese, North Carolina.

"Our new telehealth monitoring programme will improve re-admission rates, reduce the number of visits per episode and increase efficiency across our expanding network geography", stated Connie Bonebrake, vice president for Post Acute Care Services, Carolinas HealthCare System. "Having all the agencies of Carolinas HealthCare System using the same Honeywell System will allow us to share our expertise and experiences, compare results and leverage the successes of the programme throughout the region."

Most patients in the telehealth monitoring programme suffer from chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes or other chronic conditions. These patients are set up with an in-home Genesis DM Telehealth Monitor, which measures information such as weight, blood pressure, and any daily change in health conditions. This information is transferred securely from the home monitor to the patient's health care provider for analysis and identification of any potential problems.

"In a pilot programme, a patient who was regularly admitted to the hospital experienced no additional re-admissions after one year on the monitor", stated Marla Nutting, administrator for Blue Ridge Home HealthCare in the Carolinas HealthCare System. "This wasn't an isolated success. Over the last five years, working with the Honeywell System has generated a return on investment of 500 percent for us, when considering the costs that would have incurred from re-admissions and the savings generated by improved care and efficiency."

Honeywell International is a $38 billion diversified technology and manufacturing expert, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and speciality materials. Based in Morris Township, New Jersey, Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. More company news is available in the VMW January 2008 article Honeywell HomMed partners with Procura to offer comprehensive telehealth solution.


Leslie Versweyveld

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