VNA Telehealth Partnership Highlighted in National Publication

BASKING RIDGE, NJ (November 12, 2013) – The Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills (VNA) has received national recognition for an innovative health care program that studied the impact of using telehealth monitoring to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients with chronic illnesses. Featured in the recently published Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) case study compendium, the study was developed in partnership with Summit Medical Group, the largest and oldest physician-owned multispecialty practice in New Jersey.

The year-long program resulted in a zero percent 30-day hospital readmission rate and high level of satisfaction for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Services provided to patients included daily remote vital sign monitoring using technologically advanced equipment, customized care plans and education modules to improve self-management of their conditions. “By coordinating communication between the VNA and SMG to ensure early intervention for potential problems, patients experienced a reduced risk for hospital and emergency room visits. In addition to helping patients with serious chronic conditions maintain an independent and active lifestyle, the program offers an opportunity for significant health care cost savings,” said Ann Painter, VNA of Somerset Hills President & CEO.

The VNAA Case Study Compendium: Innovative Models for the Evolving Home Health and Hospice Industry, is a collection of ten VNAA member case studies highlighting successful programs and techniques nonprofit home health and hospice providers have developed to adapt to changes in the healthcare landscape.

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