Around-the-Clock Care

first_imgThe technology itself comes via a monitor that_s placed in a patient_s home. The home-health agency rents it from Acadian because the units are very costly, says Bryant, and a lot of agencies can_t afford them. Ë™By absorbing that cost and assisting them, many more agencies can be in tele-health,Ó she says. Acadian Telehealth Monitoring, a subsidiary of Acadian Ambulance Service, has partnered with home-health agencies to provide in-home monitoring for patients with concerns of all shapes and sizes. Ë™The whole purpose of tele-health is to decrease re-hospitalization rates and emergent care visits,Ó says Faye Bryant, Telehealth nurse manager. Ë™We want to allow patients to heal at home.Ó”ž The patient uses the monitor to perform these tests on themselves. After the patient performs the tests, the monitor transmits the information to the server to be analyzed by Telehealth analysts, says Bryant. Depending on the results and acceptable high or low levels for a patient, a response is enacted. This could range from a call to the patient to have them retest the vital sign or to the home-health agency to inform them of the patient_s status. Ë™Ultimately if it_s found to be a true, critical alert, our responsibility is to contact the agency so they can assess the patient and go from there,Ó says Bryant. The model Acadian has developed began with a positive relationship with home-health agencies that were asking about such a service. After about a year of research, Acadian decided on the Viterion TeleHealthcare LLC Web-based technology for its project. Analysts, including Doucet and Wade Bias, read patient data 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to ensure minimal visits to the emergency department (ED). Lynn Glazebrook, the performance improvement coordinator, follows up with the home-health agencies and examines developing trends. Just about a year into the program, concrete data isn_t yet available, but the results thus far are encouraging.”žË™What we_re hearing now is the instant satisfaction they_re getting,Ó says Bryant. Ë™Agencies are catching the small things sooner, and treating patients at home.Ó One”žof the largest privately owned ambulance agencies in the country is making strides to become the largest tele-health provider as well. In the age of digital technology and wireless communications, the ability to transmit vital information across the miles is being implemented on the patient side of health care.”ž The program went live in January and the response has been positive, says Levan Doucet, a paramedic and Telehealth analyst for Acadian. He likens this program to walking into a nursing home with a blood pressure cuff. Ë™At first people don_t want to have their blood pressure checked, but after a few do, others stand in line,Ó he says. Ë™Everyone wants reassurance that they_re OK.Ó The agency determines which of its patients have a need for in-home monitoring of data, such as blood pressure, blood glucose, body weight, blood oxygen, pain levels and temperature. Home-health representatives, in correspondence with the patient_s doctor, decide which tests are appropriate and individual parameters deemed satisfactory. This program allows patients to have a Ë™big brotherÓ watching out for them, keeping them in their homes and also in communication with people who care. Ë™They like to talk with us,Ó says Doucet. Ë™A lot of times we_re the only communication they_ve had with an individual in quite some time.Ólast_img read more

Former Argonaut golfer David Lingmerth leading THE PLAYERS Championship

first_img Former Argonaut David Lingmerth is playing his 13th PGA TOUR event (photo by Getty Images) Former Argonaut golfer David Lingmerth leading THE PLAYERS Championship Sharecenter_img    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Former West Florida men’s golfer and PGA TOUR rookie David Lingmerth is making headlines around the world after seizing a two stroke lead with one hole to complete in the third round of THE PLAYER’S Championship Saturday. Making just his 13th PGA TOUR start, Lingmerth is leading one of the biggest tournaments in golf, which is played on the world-famous The Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass. The native of Tranas, Sweden, recently earned his PGA TOUR card at the end of 2012 after winning his first professional tournament at the Tour’s Neediest Kids Championship in October. Lingmerth was 12-under-par when play was suspended due to darkness Saturday evening after shooting 68-68 in the first two rounds and sitting four-under-par through 17. He is two strokes ahead of some of the most well-known names in golf including Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson all at 10-under-par, each of which have won the tournament in the past. The 25-year-old was coming on strong down the stretch when play was suspended Saturday evening due to darkness. After a bogey on the par-4 15th hole, he eagled the par-5 16th hole before birdieing one of the most fearsome holes in golf, the island green par-3 17th hole. For the day, he had five birdies and one eagle. “It was big,” Lingmerth said. “I don’t know exactly where I was at before those final two holes, but it’s great to finish strong no matter if it’s before the final round, or the second round.”If history says anything, in Lingemerth’s first professional victory he also shot three identical rounds (66) out of four en route to the win; assuming he finishes with a par on his final hole Sunday morning, he will have shot three-consecutive four-under-par 68s. His best PGA TOUR finish is second after a playoff at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation on Jan. 20. “I’m not going to say I’m not surprised, but I’ve had a good feeling all week,” Lingmerth said. “I’m playing great, so why not39”Lingmerth, who played under UWF head coach Steve Fell from 2006-07, played in all eight tournaments during his one season as an Argonaut averaging 72.13 strokes over 23 rounds. He had one victory at the Southeastern Intercollegiate and was the No. 5 player in the nation according to Golfstat.Eight players remained on the course at the suspension of the third round Saturday evening. Play will resume early Sunday morning, followed by the final round immediately after. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#THE PLAYERS Championship leaderboard Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more