Telehomecare supports patients with COPD or CHF through health coaching and remote monitoring. Telehomecare is a free, six-month program.
- Primary care provider refers patient.
- Technician installs home monitoring equipment.
- Specially-trained registered nurses or respiratory therapists provide weekly health coaching by telephone.
- Patients use simple, home-based technology to measure blood pressure, oxygen and weight and to answer simple questions about how they are feeling.
Telehomecare is co-funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Canada Health Infoway. Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) lead the program in each of their regions. The LHINs each select host organizations to deliver the nursing services and provide the patient equipment. Host organizations may be hospitals, Community Care Access Centres or Family Health Teams. The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) provides program design and oversight as well as implementation and support services, manages the technology, maintains an expert clinical advisory committee and certifies clinicians to deliver Telehomecare. As an integral part of Ontario’s Chronic Disease Management Framework, Telehomecare aligns with and supports other provincial health strategies including Health Links.