The Health Affairs Division of the American Department of Defence (DoD) is co-sponsoring a disease management project for the delivery of personalized, high-quality home health care. The Strategic Monitored Services (SMS) Company has been involved in the initiative to select and buy the necessary equipment, and to control its installation, for the transmission of Web-enabled clinical patient information. Already in March, SMS has ordered C-Phone's H.324 video phones. Now, it has chosen the new ITV TV set-top Internet access device, developed by the same video communication products designer, in order to provide an Internet connection for the WWW-based information systems in this DoD telemedicine pilot project.
Both the video phone and the Internet products are planned to be installed by the end of July in the residence of the various DoD's military beneficiaries, taking part in the telemedicine trial. These patients are eager to receive home health care for regular control of their Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The devices will also be applied in the SMS's business offices, data centre, medical call centre and in several of the DoD locations. Via e-mail and the Internet, the patients will obtain all the useful disease management information they need. In turn, they will be able to transfer personal medical data, which are important to make decisions on their treatment, such as blood pressure, pulse and stethoscope information.
The TV set-top facility utilises standard television and telephone connections to provide video, voice and data, and is Internet Service Provider independent, which enables SMS to choose the best and most cost-saving connection available on the market. The company can even act as the default host for all possible needs. In addition, C-Phone's ITV is equipped with an individualized "Smartcard", allowing the device to obtain the correct configuration data without the intervention of a professional installer. SMS' Chief Executive Officer Gregory Muth is convinced that the C-Phone equipment constitutes the ideal solution to turn the DoD disease management pilot project into a cost-effective winner of excellent quality in the field of telehomecare.