Dealing with Disparities in Care
The problems faced by Home Health Agencies (hospital bureaucracies, dwindling CMS reimbursements, increasing paperwork, staff shortages) are compounded for Rural Health Clinics by disparities in access, socio-economic conditions and health.
It’s not just that the distances between patient and care providers are greater. Rural patients are simply less connected. According to a report issued by the Federal Communications Commission, 53% of rural Americans lack access to high speed Internet. The comparable figure for urban Americans is only 8%.
Beyond access, rural Americans face a unique combination of factors that create significant differences in healthcare not found in urban areas. Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational shortcomings and the sheer isolation of living in remote rural areas are but a few (National Rural Health Association).
Closing the Gap in Rural Healthcare
MyVitalz™ helps Rural Health Clinics close the gap in care with three exceptional solutions:
Patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, CHF, COPD, asthma, hypertension, and others can use MyVitalz™ In-Home Monitoring. This self-contained kit allows them to take their own vitals every day to keep their care team informed. Each patient spends a few minutes gathering their biometric data with Bluetooth enabled medical monitoring devices. All the data is viewable in near real time on MyVitalz.com. Best of all, this MyVitalz™ solution does NOT require an Internet connection. Without ever leaving the office, the nurse or caregiver can closely monitor the current and trending biometric data of all of their rural patients each day. Learn More..
MyVitalz™ Video Consultation enables healthcare professionals to securely talk, face to face, with their patients and any member of their care team at any time through any smart phone, tablet or computer.
This FIPS 140-2 certified HIPAA-compliant solution uses a 256-bit AES encryption, an innovative waiting room and has minimal latency, if any. It benefits all who have limited access to face-to-face encounters with their healthcare provider. Learn More..
The MyVitalz™ Rural Health Solution
The Columbus public clinic has been using the program for patients who have diabetes and high blood pressure, said its executive director, Rebecca R. Already, the clinic has discovered that one of the diabetics was checking blood sugars only about once a week. Another’s high blood pressure medication was not working as it should. “I think it has given the physician some insight into what was going on,” Rebecca R. said of the software. “It has given the patient a reason to be a little more accountable,” she said.