Jewish Home’s Community Services Division of has received a grant to provide telehealth kiosks in four senior centers in Manhattan and the Bronx.
The kiosks will be located in four senior centers operated by the Jewish Association for Services for Aged (JASA).
The grant is from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and matched a contribution made by the Furman Family Foundation. It was awarded through the Jewish Funders Network/Weinberg Foundation Matching Grants Initiative for the Jewish Older Adults.
The program is designed to monitor approximately 120 senior center attendees through a wellness dialogue and vitals monitoring. Participants have an array of chronic illness including hypertension, cardiac conditions, emphysema and diabetes. They live in various communities within the two boroughs.
Bridget Gallagher, vice president of Jewish Home’s Community Services Division, says that WebVMC, creator of RemoteNurse and RemoteAccess, has been selected to provide the technology for this web-based disease management program.
Using this technology, multiple senior center participants can be monitored from one location using a simple swipe card or pin code to access their individual records and enter new information. This information is then made available to the telecare nurse via the internet.
“Individuals with chronic conditions, who can’t always get to a doctor’s office, can now have easy access to a health monitoring system that has the ability to customize clinical assessment protocols for each patient,” said Ms. Gallagher. There is also an educational component so participants can receive information about diet, exercise and other factors that might impact health.
Bill Behnke, chief development officer for WebVMC, said the technology is designed “to provide a solid disease management structure rather than just capturing vital signs.”
Jewish Home, New York’s oldest and largest not-for-profit long-term care and rehabilitation provider, is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in providing healthcare to elders, as well as an academic center for research and education.
WebVMC is a recognized industry leader in Web-based telehealth technology. Scott Sheppard, president and chief technology officer, said that Web-based telemonitoring delivers better health care to at-risk patients in the community, improving their quality of life and reducing the need for acute hospital intervention.