Vermont HIE now offers home telehealth data to providers

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
Vermont HIE now offers home telehealth data to providers

Healthcare providers in Vermont now can access telemonitoring information through the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE), helping to ensure they have up-to-date and relevant patient data.

“Until now, data from the in-home devices were only available within the telemonitoring system itself,” according to Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), a nonprofit organization that assists Vermont healthcare providers in adopting and using health information technology. Data needed by a doctor or another healthcare provider, would have to be manually transferred, most likely by a secure fax.

However, thanks to a grant from the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project, the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) and Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) were able to connect their telemonitoring systems to their electronic health record (EHR) systems and then work with VITL to deliver the results from their EHRs to the VHIE.

“This means that the data collected at the patient’s home is immediately available to any other provider at the home health agency or to any other treating provider in Vermont,” VHIE said in statement.

CVHHH and the VNA provide in-home telemonitoring services for patients with complex health conditions such as heart disease and respiratory disorders.

“Having the telemonitoring data available electronically and in real time through the VHIE allows our home visiting staff and other providers such as physicians to have access to data when and where they need it to better inform patient care and outcomes,” said Sandy Rousse, president and chief executive officer at CVHHH.