Senior Telehealth Gets Boost in Connecticut Town

Senior Telehealth Gets Boost in Connecticut TownIn a Connecticut town called New Canaan, the local Health and Human Services Commission — working with the Human Services Department — is eying an expansion of the New Canaan Video Telehealth Wellness program in October.

Approved as a pilot program earlier this month, the use of technology to record and track participants’ health is seen as a vitally important component of modern senior healthcare.

“New Canaan is believed to be the first in the country to use this technology that could keep seniors healthy and in their own homes,” writes local news reporter Cristina Commendatore of the NCAdvisor.

The pilot included five American TeleCare (ATI) computer systems and five iPads rigged to test vital signs, blood pressure and allow weekly video conferences with a nurse at Vine Cottage.

Participants in the pilot ranged in ages of 70 to 85. Across the board, pilot program participants have reported that they “are more cognizant of their physical activity and are taking steps to live healthier lives.”

Jim Lisher, Health and Human Services Commission chairman, says participants will be asked to purchase their own iPads, “but that the town will still provide the nurse’s services.”

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