Healthcare in the Home with M2M

11/13/2013

Next time you leave a hospital following a procedure, your follow-up visit might be a virtual one. Healthcare facilities are looking for ways to help patients heal at home while preventing readmission to the hospital. One method is by bringing healthcare services to the home using M2M technology.

A recent survey by Amedisys, www.amedisys.com, shows the No. 1 strategy that 73% of hospital leaders adopt to lower preventable readmission is to partner with home healthcare.  One hospital in particular is taking that concept to the next level, and is trialing a virtual visit telemedicine trial.

Healthcare professionals at the Cleveland Clinic, www.clevelandclinic.org, which is a nonprofit multi-specialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education, has more than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses.


This week, the clinic announced its healthcare professionals are now able to deliver services remotely to a patient’s home using the “Virtual Visit” solution from Time Warner Cable Business Class, www.twc.com/business. The service from Time Warner Cable Business Class includes connectivity, installation, and on-site equipment such as modems and video cameras.

With this home health-monitoring solution, healthcare providers can interact through a television equipped with video-conference technology, allowing the patient to speak with the physician.

Cleveland Clinic recognizes the importance of the role of technology in helping provide better services to patients. Cleveland Clinic’s Director of Center for Connected Care Eiran Gorodeski says in order to transform the healthcare system, professionals need to rethink how and where care is delivered to patients. Telemedicine can help deliver care where patients want it the most: in their home.

This announcement showcases how cable companies are moving into the connected healthcare space, offering telemedicine solutions for healthcare facilities.

An interesting trend to watch here is the fact telehealth solutions are becoming a part of the home, connecting two big areas of our lives. Pretty soon these two areas—along with transportation and energy—will all be connected, ultimately helping us share data between the different facets of our lives.

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