Cornerstone VNA proudly offers Telehealth to patients and has been providing remote monitoring services since 1998. Today, our Telehealth units utilize cutting edge technology with a focus on patient education. Our program is led by Anne Carle, RN, who has received multiple awards for her expert care through the use of Telehealth.
Watch What Telehealth Can Do for You
Your Personal Physician or Cornerstone VNA Clinician will make a referral for Telehealth.
Telehealth is installed by a Cornerstone VNA clinician or volunteer. This person will then guide you on how to use the equipment.
The main element of our telehealth system is a user-friendly electronic tablet. Depending on the plan of care, you might use the tablet for some or all of the following activities:
- Track vital signs with wirelessly connected devices, including blood pressure cuff, pulse and oxygen meter, and scale.
- Videoconferencing, secure emailing, and text messaging with the Telehealth Nurse. The tablet can also be used to connect with family members or caregivers.
- Receive daily medication reminders.
- Watch educational videos and read more about your disease.
- Timely Intervention
- Accurate Reporting for Physicians
- Medication Education
- Intravenous (IV) Assessment
- Wound Assessment
- Emotional Support
- Improved Outcomes
- Reduced hospitalization and emergency room visits
- Decreased nursing home placement
- Heightened sense of security
- Diminished anxiety
- Improved ability for self-care and prolonged independence
Anne Carle is a true steward of the telehealth program at Cornerstone VNA and the benefits that the program affords high risk patients.
As a Clinical Manager and Telehealth Coordinator, Anne stays engaged with her Case Managers recommending changes in patient care plans and communicating these changes to the provider. Anne engages daily with patients in the telehealth program providing triage services, conducting full view assessments, and scheduling nursing visits as needed. She also tracks medicine changes and orders, teaches medicine practices, demonstrates proper usage of inhalers and more. In addition, she works with patients on understanding the parameters of their illness and when they need to contact their doctor’s office. Anne encourages patients to access education videos and keeps a tablet set up in her office as a demo to watch the education videos with the patients to get them started accessing this feature and to answer any questions the patients may have.
Anne uses video calling almost daily to contact Cornerstone VNA patients. She has prevented many patients from going back to the hospital by walking patients through health care tasks necessary to remain at home. When talking to patients about the fact that she can often “watch over them” with telehealth, patients often share that the telehealth program gave them a newfound peace of mind.
Allie has been a nurse since 1998, she specialized in hospice for 14 years and transitioned to home care nursing in 2018. She has a passion for helping patients help themselves, and telehealth has been a gateway for just that. Allie enjoys educating patients and families regarding their disease process to help keep patients at home – where they want to be.
Allie checks in with patients whose vital signs are concerning and that require either a phone call or a video call. Video calls to assess patients’ skin color, edema or shortness of breath are a great way to put eyes on patients right away. Allie also helps patients to further understand what they need to do to stay out of the hospital and assist patients to watch videos on their tablet about their disease process. She ensures the correct dosing of medications and proper usage of medical devices like inhalers/nebulizers. Frequently, Allie reaches out to doctors and nurses to give an update regarding patients’ statuses. She can quickly treat patients to reduce the possibility of exacerbation of their disease and hospitalization.
With telehealth in my home, utilizing the education videos, it taught me the importance of monitoring my weight and blood pressures on a daily basis helping to keep my chronic condition controlled. I also like the security of knowing that the telehealth nurse is always there to talk with via phone/or video call for any questions or concerns.