All the Way Through Home Care,"
June 11, 2001
Kensington, MD-The Home Telehealth Community of Care Web
page, provides bi-monthly installments that are designed to
meet the growing informational needs about today's rapidly
emerging home telehealth industry.
All the Way Through Home Care," the newest
installment, and online as of June 10, 2001, focuses on hand-held
computing devices for home health service delivery. New product
offerings and applications that can extend, and possibly improve
the care rendered by nurses during conventional home care
visits are identified, to start. For instance, features of
new hand-held tools that have been designed specifically for
home care use from companies such as ViTel Net, TRGpro, and
Neopoint are described in the page segment titled News in
the World of Telehealthcare. These products aim toward meeting
home care nurses' and patients' specific care needs beyond
just attempting to reproduce the visit by way of a home-health-care
chart/report- in miniature. Anyway, by now, the complaints
of too small and too cumbersome are wearing thin; read how
a range of new products for the home have addressed these
In The World Outside segment, learn much more about the progress
and promise of "enhanced" hand-held computing devices
in the rest of the universe outside of home care-no question, they're
simplifying life and work for everyone else, according to all reports.
That's not the whole story, though. Can these devices really "work"
in the home? In the Keynote Interview segment, a panel of experts
in home care delivery, including Brenda Ecken, RN, M.Ed, and VP
of Business Development, ViTel Net, Inc. (Vienna, VA), Karen Rau,
RN, MBA, Major Kenneth Curley, MD, Sylvia Suszka-Hildebrandt, MN,
ARNP, and Jeneane A. Brian, BSN, MBA, address the question: What's
the value of hand-held computing devices in home care? In doing
so, each provides a more in-depth look at possible uses and cautionary
tales for hand-held tracking devices in home care service delivery.
Hand-held computing devices such as the better known Palm Pilots
and other personal digital assistants (PDAs) are growing in popularity
in the "world outside" of home care, no question. Are
they a "killer app" for home care? Maybe
but perhaps soon. In the Coming Home segment, IS home automation
expert Tim Rowan focuses on progress in adoption in the home care
industry of hand-held devices, noting where the use is going and
where it has been in home care. Tim also reviews industry and user
expectations for hand-held technology in this decidedly high-touch
Home Telehealth Community of Care is developed by Information For
Tomorrow, a telehealthcare research company that specializes in
home telehealth tools and applications. According to research director,
Audrey Kinsella, this new page provides the opportunity for busy
viewers to get targeted information on selected topics in home telehealthcare.
"People want to know what's out there, what it costs, and what
works in home telehealthcare." The Home Telehealth Community
of Care is aiming toward providing this single-source venue, through
its bi-monthly presentations and targeted links to additional necessary
resources on home telehealthcare.