TELUS Health has expanded its Home Health Monitoring (HHM) solution to enable virtual support in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The solution has been deployed in alliance with the B.C. Ministry of Health and local health authorities.

HHM will allow healthcare providers to digitally and remotely monitor patients who are recovering from Covid-19 infection in their own homes.

Healthcare providers can use the digital dashboard to monitor the symptoms and offer medical help for more patients.

TELUS Health president and CEO Darren Entwistle said: “As we face the immense challenge of Covid-19, TELUS Health is committed to working alongside BC’s healthcare leaders to expand the use of technology solutions like Home Health Monitoring to support more British Columbians while recovering at home.

“By enabling clinicians to remotely observe the vitals of patients with Covid-19, as well as those who are vulnerable to the virus, and provide necessary interventions early, we can reduce exposure and also help to alleviate the pressure in hospital emergency rooms and clinics.”

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The solution, which is accessible via mobile, sends daily reminders to the patient to report their temperature, physical symptoms and health condition, among other biometrics. This information can be used to determine the patient’s health status.

In addition, healthcare providers using TELUS Health’s solution can view information for several patients simultaneously, facilitating quick detection of those who require urgent care.

B.C. Ministry of Health Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Sector Information Management/Information Technology Corrie Barclay said: “The BC Ministry of Health has partnered with TELUS since 2013 to implement and evolve a provincial remote patient monitoring service for patients with chronic conditions.

“Our investment has enabled us to act quickly to monitor our patients in isolation while also providing them with peace of mind, knowing that they are being monitored daily by their healthcare teams.

TELUS Health is in discussions with health ministries in other provinces to expand the use of HHM technology across the country.