Heart Care at Home
'Heart Care at Home' is a remote monitoring service provided free of charge to Centric Health patients living with Heart Failure.
What is Heart Failure?
*The term heart failure is used to describe a heart which is not working as well as it should. This can sound quite frightening but it is important to understand that your heart is not about to stop. It can certainly cause a build-up of fluid in the lungs (lung congestion) causing breathlessness or leg swelling but these symptoms can improve with suitable treatment allowing you to live well with heart failure.
*Reference: The Irish Heart Foundation
What is Remote Patient Monitoring?
Remote Patient monitoring is the use of technology to monitor patients symptoms outside of clinical locations, for example, from home. This is a very useful service at the moment, with so many of our patients cocooning and social distancing.
How does it work?
Using an app which you will download onto your smartphone, you will send regular updates on your condition - things like blood pressure, heart rate and weight, straight to our Central Nurse Team*. This clinical team is trained to assess the information you have sent us and will telephone or video consult with you to manage symptom changes with you. Our nurse team will keep your GP practice regularly informed on any changes to your condition and their interactions with you or if your condition has deteriorated and/or a follow up appointment is recommended etc.
Why should I do this?
Use of remote monitoring provides your healthcare team with much more regular healthcare data on you. The more often we can study changes in your blood pressure and other symptoms, the better informed we are to look after your condition. Internationally, remote patient monitoring has been found to improve patients wellbeing and reduce hospital stays. Most importantly, you should feel better over time if you are using this service because we can tweak your medication more accurately and more regularly.
If you would like to use this service, please contact your Centric Health GP or visit us here.
*Any data that is collected is confidential to you and your healthcare team.