Health Buddy Helps Monitor Patients At Home


Story Updated: Jan 10, 2014

Jefferson County Public Health now has a way to monitor home health patients even on the days when a nurse doesn't visit.

Tina Crosbie suffers from both congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

Keeping track of her vital signs is very important. 

Since November, Health Buddy has helped her to do just that.

"The Health Buddy has helped me out a lot. If I have any questions, I just call...It makes me safe," she said.

Each morning Tina uses her Health Buddy.

It asks her specific questions and she inputs data. 

Within 24 hours, public health can access her information via computer so her condition can be better assessed.

"We can monitor their blood pressure, we can monitor glucose levels," said Director of Patient Services Carol Paluck.

A grant from the Fort Drum Regional Health Care Organization was used to buy 24 Health Buddies for public health.

While Tina manually enters the information herself, additional equipment is available which attaches directly to the device and automatically transmits the data.

More of those are on public health's wish list.

"Our goal is to reduce hospitalization, re-hospitalization for these chronically ill patients, helping them cope with their disease better, manage their symptoms better," said Paluck.

Public Health hopes to eventually expand the use of this technology by making it available to those who would benefit even if they aren't currently receiving home health care services.

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