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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Get Involved from Home

Home teleheath units allow Veterans to share information, such as blood pressure readings, with VA.

Home teleheath provides daily monitoring for diseases and conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes and more.

Monday, February 11, 2013

It takes work to be involved in your health care.  Some Veterans have lifelong conditions or diseases that require daily monitoring on tracking.  Tracking things like weight, blood sugar or blood pressure on a routine basis is hard.  To help, VA has a home telehealth program that can help.

Home telehealth is designed to help patients track vital signs and to monitor symptoms associated with their specific condition or disease.  Diseases and conditions covered include congestive heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes among others.

  1. The process to get started with home telehealth monitoring is rather simple. 
    It starts with the Veteran’s primary care provider.  The provider identifies the Veteran as a candidate for home telehealth.
  2. The Veteran then agrees to take home a small monitoring device. 
  3. The Veteran uses this device to measure and track vital signs and symptoms on a daily basis. This information is transmitted back to the facility where a team of nurses monitors the transmissions and provides feedback to the Veteran when necessary.

The ultimate goal is to help the Veteran achieve and maintain an improved level of health.

Veterans are encouraged to get involved in their health care.  If interested, ask your primary care team if home telehealth monitoring would be appropriate for monitoring your condition. 

Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program 

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