Telehomecare delivers health services to patients outside of a conventional care setting by connecting the patient and health care providers with technology. This team works together to maintain and improve the patient's health and wellness needs, using telehomecare (also known as remote patient monitoring) technology to monitor the patient remotely. Telehomecare can alert providers to a change to their patient’s condition before it requires a visit to an emergency room or return to the hospital.
The growth in the use of telehomecare provides Canadians suffering from chronic diseases with the ability to manage their conditions in their own homes, without as much disruption to their daily lives. Telehomecare can reduce emergency department visits and hospital stays, and increase patient satisfaction and quality of life.
Our 2014 report on Remote Patient Monitoring in Canada found that thousands of Canadians are enrolled in 19 telehomecare programs across seven provinces and territories, with continued growth of 15-20% annually.
Telehomecare Investment Program
The Telehomecare (also known as Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)) program is an investment stream within the Consumer Health Solutions Program consisting of four types of projects – Start-up, Deploy, Scale & Spread and Investigate & Trial.
Telehomecare focuses on the delivery of health care to patients outside of conventional care settings (e.g., a patient's home), made possible by connecting the patient and a health care provider through technology. They work together as a care team to maintain and improve the patient's health, often in a coaching model. Telehomecare also typically involves the electronic transmission of patient data (e.g., symptoms, vital signs, outcomes) from a remote home location to the provider, as well as the supporting services and processes required to conduct data review, interpretation and potential alteration of the patient's course of care.
- Start-up: An investment stream designed to support the conceptual planning and readiness assessments for jurisdictional/large regional or disease-specific telehomecare initiatives. It is expected that these are short-term projects (i.e., < 6 months) which plan to move to full implementation upon conclusion of the start-up project. More information can be found in the Telehomecare Start-up Information Guide.
- Deploy: An investment stream designed to support telehomecare investments focused on enhancing and expanding program offerings to build the adoption and use within patient populations where there is evidence of benefit such as CHF, COPD, Mental Health etc. More information is available in the Telehomecare – Deploy Information Guide.
- Scale & Spread: Investments aligned to build up the adoption and use of mature / existing telehomecare programs for patient or disease populations where there is evidence of benefit such as cardiac care, chronic lung disease, mental health etc. More information can be obtained by contacting the Consumer Health program.
- Investigate & Trial: Investments that investigate new areas of opportunity (e.g., disease-specific patient populations, models of care etc.), where telehomecare is anticipated to have a positive impact (e.g., improvement in patient outcomes, reduction in health system use etc.). More information can be obtained by contacting the Consumer Health program.