More and more, you see machines doing what people used to do. And now, with the nursing shortage, a lot of home health agencies are finding it easier to bring in "electronic nurses" to fill the gap. Mary Bowers suffers from heart failure and keeping her alive, and out of the hospital, means staying on top of lots of warning signs and symptoms something a nurse would monitor. But this so-called electronic nurse can sit on your nightstand and allow home health agecies to keep a closer tab on patients even when they are alone at home.
"If we were seeing the patients one or two times a week, we are now seeing them one or two times a week plus we have daily contact with them through this telemonitoring," said Pam Joacham a telemonitor nurse. It means people like Mary can get an electronic checkup each morning, with her information transmitted through the phone line and reviewed by a nurse back at the office. If there are any red flags, the live nurse calls the patient and, if needed, consults the doctor.
The electronic nurse is becoming widely available. Ask your doctor about it if you are considering health care at home for someone in your family.