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The Integrated eHealth Program at University of Colorado Hospital: Information for Health Care Providers

COMIRB #08-0588

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

This Program encourages people with COPD to participate in self-monitoring, Monday-Friday, of:

  • Oxygen Saturation
  • Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 Second
  • Six Minute Walk Distance
  • COPD Symptoms

The self-monitored information is transmitted by an electronic device which uses secure, encrypted, procedures to RN and RRT coordinators for review. These coordinators will make contact with the patient and referring physician if problems are identified. The Program uses distance monitoring with internet support (eHealth) to assist with local management through local (referring) providers.

The Program is enrolling 100 patients. Eligible COPD patients have a history of an exacerbation in the past year or an FEV1 of less than 50% of predicted. Quality of life will be assessed by the St. George Respiratory Questionnaire at the beginning and at the end of the 12 week Program. All enrollees will have baseline and 12 week assessments of the self-monitored parameters listed above by Program coordinators. 

The Integrated eHealth Program Rationale

Medicare has implemented eastern United States-based pilot projects entitled Medicare Health Support Programs aimed at improving the management of chronic illnesses. This State funded COPD eHealth Program has been established according to similar parameters. COPD, as the fourth leading cause and soon to be third leading cause of death in the  United States  is seen as a likely target with future Medicare Programs.

The Integrated eHealth Program Referral Form

Please download and fax the simple, one-page  COPD Referral Form.

The Integrated eHealth Program additional resources

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Health Hero Network

With additional questions, Contact Dr. Bill Vandivier, program director, or Patricia Koff, program coordinator, at (720) 848-7094.

eHealth Monthly Newsletters

October 2006 - Diagnosis of COPD
November 2006 - Managing Stable COPD
December 2006 - Oxygen Therapy
January 2007 - Exacerbation What is it?
February 2007 - Antibiotic Discussion
March 2007 - What is Spirometry
April 2007 - Patient Education
May-June 2007 - Results of the TORCH Trial
July 2007 - Lung Volume Reduction Surgery & Lung Transplantation
August-September 2007 - Program Update
Fall 2007 - Continuing Education Classes 
Summer 2008
Fall 2008