Ireland-based Medtronic’s Cardiocom has partnered with LHC Group to provide integrated clinical telehealth services and medical technology to patients.
LHC Group provides home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute healthcare services in the US.
Medtronic Cardiocom business vice-president Daniel Cosentino said: "As more health systems and accountable care organisations look toward maximising value and population health models, post-acute care providers are playing a critical role in ensuring patients remain healthy through the transition from the hospital to their homes."
The deal will allow Medtronic to provide telehealth devices for LHC’s existing care transitions programme, Transitions, Training and Triage (T3).
According to Medtronic, T3 is the disease management approach, which was clinically proven to reduce emergency room visits and prevent avoidable readmissions.
LHC will use the Commander Flex remote patient monitoring devices, which provide home telehealth management and education for patients with complex conditions such as heart failure, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes.
The Commander Flex system will help LHC to carry out daily monitoring of symptoms and vital signs to predict events, assess risk, and communicate with patients before an acute event such as hospitalisation.
Medtronic senior vice-president and Americas region president Mike Genau said: "Medtronic recognises that in order to better address the changing needs and challenges of healthcare systems, we need to provide new solutions to help our customers maximise value and improve care."
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