Treating COPD in Rural Communities with Telehealth

Posted by Michelle Hillock on Jun 14, 2019 9:45:00 AM

In May, HRS published a blog post highlighting the role of telehealth in combating the social determinants of health such as physical environment, economic stability, education, and food insecurity. Today, HRS dives into the benefits of telehealth in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural communities with high rates of poverty.

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Topics: telehealth, COPD, population health, SDoH, rural communities

BREATHE Act Proposes Creation of Telehealth Pilot Program for COPD Patients

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

On May 7, four congressmen introduced the Better Respiration through Expanded Access to Tele-Health (BREATHE) Act into the US House of Representatives. The BEATHE Act proposes a three-year pilot program allowing qualified respiratory therapists to use a telemedicine platform to deliver healthcare services to select Medicare recipients with COPD. 


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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, COPD, policy, legislation, CMS

Managing Chronic Disease with Telerehabilitation

Posted by Lily Mercer on Jun 15, 2018 5:00:00 AM

As the aging population grows, the number of people living with chronic diseases will continue to rise. Because medical advancements have increased the lifespan of these individuals, there is a consistent need for healthcare efforts directed toward disease management. By addressing the morbidity and mortality associated with chronic diseases, healthcare providers can improve quality of life and reduce hospital readmissions for the aging population.

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Topics: disease management, chronic disease, CHF, COPD, heart disease, patient education

Changing Patient Education with Telehealth

Posted by Lily Mercer on May 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Telehealth has the potential to change the way patients are educated about their conditions. By using virtual modalities to educate patients, healthcare providers can improve accessibility and efficiency of care.

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Topics: disease management, COPD, video conferencing, telehealth engagement, patient education

How Telehealth Is Changing The Clinical Practice Of COPD

Posted by Gigi Cordero on Apr 25, 2018 7:04:00 AM

Research studies have shown a significant reduction in hospitalizations and use of other acute healthcare services for patients using telehealth. With a high cost of COPD and COPD exacerbation, hospital systems have turned to telehealth to help improve outcomes. 

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Topics: telehealth, telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, chronic disease, COPD

Telehealth Helped George Manage COPD 

Posted by Anne Carle, RN on Feb 28, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Anne Carle, RN, Telehealth Clinical Coordinator at Cornerstone VNA shared with HRS a wonderful patient success story. In her own words, read her story below about caring for George Robinson, a patient who was able to manage COPD with the use of telehealth. 

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, engaging patients, COPD, patient success story

In the News: Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Improves Patient Outcomes by Expanding Telehealth

Posted by Gigi Cordero on Feb 20, 2018 10:35:12 AM

Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, a leading agency serving 48 Ohio counties, is using innovative technology to keep patients healthy and at home.

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Topics: telehealth, remote patient monitoring, chronic disease, news, CHF, COPD, home health, heart disease

Introducing Telehealth To Patients: An Interview With Katherine Berger, MS

Posted by Gigi Cordero on Feb 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Katherine Berger, MS is a Transition Care Manager/Admissions Liaison at Cornerstone VNA. Berger was trained as a counseling therapist and worked for 15 years in education. I had the pleasure of chatting with her about her role and her experiences introducing telehealth to patients before hospital discharge.

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Topics: telehealth, engaging patients, CHF, COPD, home health, introducing telehealth

A Compelling Case For Telemedicine In Primary Care

Posted by Lily Mercer on Jan 21, 2018 9:00:00 PM

As the aging population grows and as chronic diseases become increasingly prevalent, healthcare must be accessible beyond hospital walls. Patients living with chronic disease are often not hospital bound. They can, and typically prefer to, live at home. The boundaries of healthcare must adapt to care for these individuals.

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Topics: disease management, telemedicine, diabetes, remote patient monitoring, engaging patients, communication, CHF, primary care, hypertension, COPD