Every morning, a Gippsland man does a simple check of his vital health signs then inputs the information into his mobile phone. He presses “send” and within no time, this information is being checked by a team at Central Gippsland Health (CGH).
If any change in the man’s condition is detected, CGH care coordinators respond. A nurse consultant then liaises with the man’s doctor who can intervene and possibly prevent a hospital admission. If the doctor recommends hospital admission, this early detection of deterioration can shorten his length of stay.
This new digital software platform from Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN), called Lifeguard, allows health professionals to monitor their patients in real-time while they remain in the comfort of their own homes.
CGH is one of the first users of the Remote Patient Monitoring technology in Gippsland, implementing it in February this year for patients living with chronic and complex health conditions. It was introduced as part of the CGH Values Based Health Care (VBHC) program.
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