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Panasonic transforms TV into interactive home healthcare portal

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In one of many announcements this week about the marriage of home and healthcare, Panasonic Corporation of North America and Jewish Home Lifecare, a nonprofit geriatric health and rehabilitation institution, launched the Pathways to Health pilot program designed to improve the quality of care for the growing number of older Americans with chronic diseases, while reducing costs.

The initiative uses Panasonic’s home gateway  to turn your loved one’s TV into and interactive remote healthcare management portal that lets caregivers and doctors communicate with patients. It also keeps the pipelines open to deliver a stream of data on the patient to their providers.

It works like this:

Once Panasonic’s home gateway is connected to a television in the home, the Pathways to Health program enables healthcare providers within hospitals, long term care facilities, and other HIPPA-compliant (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) care locations to remotely monitor vital signs, conduct interactive clinical dialogues and provide patient education.  Jewish Home Lifecare nurses are able to modify individual care programs and initiate clinical interventions as indicated, such as sending a home health aide or alerting a doctor.

So will this work? Early results say yes–that the Pathways to Health program has already reduced hospitalizations and ER visits, while leaving patients satisfied with their care. More than 97% of patients in the early study said they had a good experience, with 100% reporting that the system helped them better manage their health and feel safer living at home.

Source: PR Newswire

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