Darcey Briefs Congressional Leadership on Ways Telehealth Can Transform Healthcare
Chesapeake VA (Dec 2011) Keeping patients off the health care merry-go-round was the message Ray Darcey, President of Sentara Enterprises, carried to Washington this week to educate congressional leaders and their staffs on the value of telehealth technologies. As a leader in home health innovations, the message from Sentara Home Care Services focused on promoting quality care, quality of life and access to care for people living with chronic health conditions through home monitoring technologies.
Innovations like telehealth portend to play a larger role in health care delivery for the future. “Instead of patients spending their time in and out of the hospital,” Darcey testified, “telehelath helps patients better manage their own health from the comfort of their home.”
Monday’s invitation to appear before the congressional leaders was the result of U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD) introduction of the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act earlier this year. The bipartisan legislation would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare in rural and other underserved communities across the nation.
In his testimony, Darcey illustrated how telehealth improves quality of care and quality of lifestyle by delivering two things:
- Communication and coordination of care between physicians, nurses, patients and family members,
- Opportunity for the patient to take care of their own health and manage their care when and where they need it most.
“As a user of telehealth for more than 10 years, Sentara Home Care Services has concrete evidence of the benefits patients and communities reap,” according to Darcey.
“Through telehealth solutions, patient readmissions decreased five-fold and heart failure patients realized dramatic improvements in activities of daily living.” “The uses for telehealth are endless and its accessibility are vital to our expanding aging population,” Darcey concluded.
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