Technology and Innovations in Home Care
South Shore Hospital Home Health Care is committed to providing the most advanced medical equipment to our South Weymouth- and Boston-area communities. These innovations make it possible for more and more patients to receive highly complex treatments safely and conveniently at home.
In addition, we continuously improve the accuracy and efficiency of our documentation and business processes. We have the technology to ensure our care providers are not bogged down with paper work or office functions; instead, spending more time where it matters: with our patients.
Telemonitoring is an exciting new technology that has helped us enhance care for patients who require daily medical attention.
A sophisticated Web-based system, Healthy@Home allows us to monitor a patient’s health status even when a nurse isn’t in the home. The telemonitoring equipment takes vital signs on a daily basis and sends the information directly to our staff via a secure Web server. Healthy@Home alerts us to even the most minor changes in a patient’s condition—allowing us to catch any irregularities before they become significant problems, and respond immediately to any issue, if necessary.
For our patients, telemonitoring helps reduce visits to the emergency room and doctor’s office. And it empowers them to take a more active role in their care, increasing their sense of independence and peace of mind.
Advanced Wound Care (VAC)
Not so long ago, medical treatments for non-healing and slow healing wounds required extended hospitalization. Today, South Shore Visiting Nurses Associated (SSVNA) is bringing a high level of wound care technology to the home setting. We now employ certified wound nurses with extensive knowledge in advanced wound care therapy: Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC).
Wound VAC is a non-invasive system that uses controlled negative pressure to remove infectious materials and other fluids, while stimulating the growth of healthy tissue to help promote and speed healing.
The VAC dressing can be used for many types of wounds, including:
- Flaps and grafts
- Open surgical
- Pressure and diabetic ulcers
South Shore VNA nurses are specially trained to work with wound VAC dressings, and also teach patients and caregivers how to manage the system.
If you or a loved one has a wound you think may benefit from advanced therapy, please call South Shore SSVNA at (781) 624-7070 or speak with your physician. VAC therapy must be prescribed by your physician and approved by your insurance.
Electronic Patient Records
South Shore’s electronic patient record management system gives us a complete, around-the-clock picture of a patient’s status and history. The computerized system ensures well-coordinated care, which is especially important for patients who see multiple clinicians.
Patient records are updated at each home visit by staff using laptops and a secure Web server. The information can then be shared between all members of the patient’s care team, while also helping staff avoid scheduling conflicts.
Learn More About Advanced Home Health Options at South Shore
For more information about South Shore’s innovations and technology in home care, please call (781) 624-7090.
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