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COPD Home Monitoring Program

The Integrated eHealth Program at University of Colorado Hospital

COMIRB #08-0588

The University of Colorado Hospital has completed enrollment for its innovative Integrated eHealth Program. This program allowed patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) the means to monitor their health at home, while having the security of professional help nearby.

The Integrated eHealth Program: Caring for Yourself, with Help

The Integrated eHealth Program allowed patients to manage their COPD with a simple press of a button. After connecting their telephone to a small electronic device, patients sent to the Hospital their own physical readings taken from a pulse oximeter, a hand-held spirometer for exhaled breath monitoring, and a pedometer. Program participants sent this self-monitored information on a daily basis, Monday through Friday.

Coordinators at University of Colorado Hospital monitored the results via secure, encrypted Internet connections. They contacted any participant whose results were in a questionable range, to determine what additional care or visits the participant might need (e.g., a call from the physician, a prescription adjustment, a clinic visit, a chest X-ray, etc.). Coordinators then facilitated the care through the referring physician offices. 

These devices helped patients monitor their COPD from
home, reduce costs and improve the quality of their lives.

Program coordinators also sent patients educational information about COPD via the device.

About the program:

  • Participants used the equipment for the duration of their 12-week enrollment period.
  • The primary goal of this study was to determine if a structured home care program, which included educational material about COPD and instructions for self-monitoring, could improve delivery of guideline-based care for COPD while increasing quality of life.

 

For more information, contact R. William Vandivier, MD at bill.vandivier@ucdenver.edu.

The Integrated eHealth Program: Information for Health Care Providers

The Integrated eHealth Program was sponsored by the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and University of Colorado Hospital.

The following abstracts are available for review:

  • Proactive integrated care improves quality of life in patients with COPD (NOTE: this abstract is accessible only through the European Respiratory Journal website; search by abstract title or author Patricia Koff, MEd, RRT)
  • Proactive integrated care reduces critical care and improves quality of life in COPD (NOTE: this abstract is accessible only through the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine website; search by abstract title or author Patricia Koff, MEd, RRT)