26 September 2023

Hospital patients get better at home

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SA Health has launched a new 24/7 remote health monitoring service expected to reduce hospital admissions while improving patient care throughout the State.

For the first time ever in South Australia, patients will be able to measure their vital signs at home using a special monitoring kit which will be assessed by a nurse or doctor on a live video link at any time of the day or night, seven days a week.

SA Health said the new service is to be free to the patient who will have access to urgent care, avoid unnecessary visits to emergency departments and which supports rural GPs.

“24/7 remote health monitoring is for patients at risk of hospitalisation, including people with heart and respiratory disease and infections, regional aged care facility residents and COVID-19 patients with underlying health conditions,” SA Health said.

“The service is available to patients in rural and regional South Australia aged 15+ with a GP referral,” it said.

“After being referred, patients are given a take home kit, including a smart tablet.”

The new service, which began earlier this month (17 February) was welcomed by the Executive Director, Rural Support Service, Debbie Martin who said the service would improve access to urgent care in rural and remote areas, and extend the care of GPs into patients’ homes.

“Patients will receive round the clock assurance, be more informed about their health needs, and our country GPs will be supported,” Ms Martin said.

Chief Executive of SA Primary Health Network (PHN), Mark Hartigan said the Network was pleased to fund the innovative activity which will support country South Australians to access their own primary health care where and when they need it.

“Empowering rural and remote communities through this program is a win-win for country South Australians and for the health system more broadly,” Mr Hartigan said.

More information about the new service can be accessed at the SA Health website at this PS News link.

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