Mr. Talley is 86-years-old, and even though he suffers from congestive heart failure, he still enjoys his independence at home. That's because nursing care is as close as his bedroom, in the form of a little box.
This high-tech health care is new in Lubbock, and this little box is part of the "Hearts at Home" program provided by Covenant Home Services. The patient's vital signs are recorded every morning and transmitted to a central station in Denton, where it is reviewed by a registered nurse.
With any sign of trouble, the nurse will notify the patient and a physician. This nurse in a box, so to speak, is a sign of the times.home health is suffering the same medicare cuts as everyone else. "This allows us to provide care at home without having the cost of a nurse face encounter," says Rhonda Crawford, R.N., Covenant Home Services.
Mr. Talley is one of 18 patients in Lubbock currently using the home-med telemedicine program. And by the way, Covenant Home Services is not a part of Covenant Hospital System.