Monitoring service helps patients self-manage heart health

Island Health has come up with a new way for Victoria and Esquimalt residents to monitor heart health from home.

  • Jan. 4, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Island Health has come up with a new way for Victoria and Esquimalt residents to monitor heart health from home.

The Home Health Monitoring service helps measure blood pressure, weight and oxygen levels from home, and helps detect problems early, enhances quality of life, improves health outcomes and reduce hospital admissions.

Roughly 300 residents on South and Central Vancouver Island have used the free service and Island Health is encouraging others to give it a try.

“Home Health Monitoring gives patients the confidence they need to self-manage their health from their home,” said Island Health Telehealth Specialist Lisa Saffarek. “It enables us to be more proactive in detecting changes in a patient’s condition. We can work with the patient and the care team to prevent urgent visits to physician offices or the emergency department.”

Nanaimo resident Bill Miller said the service was easy to use and his daily responses were automatically sent to a Home Health Monitoring nurse, who monitored his results and maintained regular contact with him and his physician.

“You’re made aware immediately of any changes in your health and if there’s an issue it can be fixed quickly,” Miller said.

Patients interested in the free service can call the Home Health Monitoring office at 250-388-2273.

 

Just Posted

Victoria city staff start from square one on Crystal Pool project

Victoria staff need direction on revised plans for the Crystal Pool and Wellness Project

‘Panda’ Goodlife runner searches for his head

Facebook post for help leads to ‘unconfirmed panda head sightings’

Victoria’s 2020 Capital City Comic Con to feature a special Star Trek guest

Cherry Bomb Toys announced tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday

For Central Saanich couple, fight against MS is a matter of family

Altenkirks sell greeting cards and wooden bowls to raise money for MS Society

Victoria feels the pinch at the pump as gas prices jump 18 cents

Gas up to 157.9 cents per litre at some stations

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Most Read