Telemedicine was one of the most talked about topics at CES 2019 Digital Health Summit. The Summit, which took place earlier this year in Las Vegas, highlighted the benefits of home care technologies and the evolution of telemedicine. In a recent article by Mobihealthnews, they write, “a vital component of home care technologies is their capacity to link the patient with other stakeholders and, subsequently, improve communication.” This is one of the reasons why Curavi Health expanded their product offering to include ‘CuraviGo,’ a portable telemedicine solution.
CuraviGo is the newest product offering from Curavi Health. It takes the most used features of the CuraviCart and adapts them to a compact, portable case, similar in size to a carry-on suitcase, allowing residents the ability to connect with a Curavi provider from the comfort of their own homes. To pilot this new product Curavi partnered with Brethren Village, a senior residential living community in Lancaster, PA.
“At Brethren Village, we are always exploring new ways to provide or improve services for our residents. We selected Curavi Health to provide telemedicine services on our campus to help reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations, as well as to reduce the cost for these services for our residents. We are currently in the pilot phase of working with CuraviGo. We see the potential value it can bring to our residents by receiving medical service from a physician right in their apartment. Brethren Village and the Curavi team have developed a mutual respect for each other as we continue to work through the logistics of providing this type of service in an independent living environment. Brethren Village looks forward to a continued strong relationship with Curavi as we provide ongoing services to our residents.” – David Rayha, Vice President of Operations, COO, Brethren Village
The pilot, which launched mid-January and, will run through June 2019, provides access to telemedicine for those in residential living. Residential living nurses will be equipped with CuraviGo, so in the event there is a medical concern after-hours, they can call a Curavi provider then transition to a telemedicine consult with a tablet. This allows the Curavi Health Geriatricians the ability to see the resident and discuss their concerns. The nurses also will be able to administer diagnostic tests for the physician, triage the resident, and determine treatment options. CuraviGo enables nurses to deliver immediate care to residents to help avoid stressful and unnecessary hospital visits for non-critical cases. Providing care in the resident’s home allows residents to maintain their independence.
With Curavi’s deep history and experience with skilled nursing facilities, adding a product to cater to independent living residents was a logical extension of the Curavi telemedicine solution. “We’ve always wanted to provide high-quality care across the post-acute and long-term care continuum. With this solution, we are able to see residents in the comfort of their home and address a variety of common medical concerns.” said Dr. Steven Handler, Chief Medical and Innovation Officer at Curavi Health. Telemedicine doesn’t have to be used only in skilled nursing facilities, the Curavi team recognizes the value of treating residents where they are the most comfortable – within their homes.
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