Telemedicine Program Aims to Keep Nursing Home Residents Put

Telemedicine keeps making inroads. A program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center connects skilled nursing facility nurses with the hospital’s geriatricians during off-hours. The goal is to reduce hospital admissions among nursing home residents, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Steven Handler, a geriatrician and one of the founders of the company called Curavi, which is helping to facilitate this connection, tells the newspaper that hospital admissions often disruptive for nursing home residents, especially those with mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Handler adds that many of the conditions that send seniors to hospitals— things such as pneumonia, dehydration, infections and skin ulcers—could be treated by a guided nurse, and staying where they are could even help the seniors avoid dangers of infection and errors at hospitals, the newspaper reports.