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Award for telecare

Philips Consumer Healthcare Solutions has been awarded a contract as the “preferred provider” for telehealth products and services for Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) members.

As an advocate and resource for its member VNAs from across the country, VNAA also serves as a group purchasing organisation, and has selected Philips remote patient monitoring as its preferred telehealth offering.

Philips will provide wireless telemonitoring measurement devices, robust clinical content — including patient education, validated health surveys and risk assessment tools —, as well as innovative pricing models and wide-ranging service delivery and implementation support. Philips also launches its risk assessment service as part of the VNAA contract. This telephone-based screening helps agencies stratify their patients based on risk, identify care intervention opportunities, and determine which patients may be suitable candidates for telemonitoring.

“Telehealth was embraced by many of our VNAs early in the technology’s launch into home healthcare,” said VNAA President and CEO Carolyn Markey. “With the growing senior population and the acuity of home healthcare patients, agencies need to move forward with smart technology that will assist them in managing their human resources, their most needy patients and their bottom line. Philips brings state of the art software and wireless hardware, as well as a one-of-a-kind financial model to the array of options in telehealth.