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SRMC Receives Money for Patient Monitoring Program

July 16, 2008

By The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

Jul. 16–LUMBERTON — Southeastern Regional Medical Center has received a $159,873 grant from The Duke Endowment to develop a telehealth patient monitoring and communication system.

Southeastern Home Care Services, an affiliate of the medical center, will administer the system.

“The telehealth system will ensure the delivery of a safer, more effective home care treatment for all residents of Robeson County and the adjacent areas we serve,” said Vickie Atkinson, director of Southeastern Home Care Services. “The system will enhance the continuum of care, ensure better compliance with the prescribed care plan, and allow for better health care to occur in the safety and familiarity of a patient’s own home.”

A small electronic appliance will transmit patient information to the Southeastern Home Care Services office. The information that is received each day will be used to guide the disease management program for each patient. The patient monitoring system also will allow one nurse to oversee the health of more people than is possible with traditional home visits, improving resource management and reducing the overall cost of care, officials said.

“Our hope is that these monitoring units will improve the lives of home care patients in the Robeson County area,” said Mary Piepenbring, director of health care for The Duke Endowment. “The goal is to help patients better manage chronic diseases, resulting in fewer trips to emergency rooms.”

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