South Australian remote monitoring programme marks milestone

My Home Hospital, a South Australian service offering treatment for patients in Adelaide as well as the regions around Gawler, Mount Barker, and the Southern Fleurieu, has delivered care to 10,000 patients, with patients sharing that the service “made such a difference”.

Delivered by Calvary and Amplar Health, the service provides hospital-level care for patients with specific conditions, with daily visits from nurses combined with remote monitoring technology to provide “around-the-clock virtual care”. Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for patients with a range of conditions including pneumonia and heart failure as well as exacerbation of respiratory conditions and post-operative care.

My Home Hospital also supports with services that do not necessarily require a hospital visit, such as assisting with blood tests and medications.

Claire Stewart, a patient from the My Home Hospital service, has commented that the home care “made such a difference” to her. “My Home Hospital is the type of innovation we need in the system,” she said. “You sleep and eat better t home – it truly supports you to recover.”

She added that the nursing team were “incredible and so supportive”, and that she “really felt that I wasn’t just a number because I had such personalised care.”

Integrated Care Systems executive director Jeanette Walters commented: “My Home Hospital uses home health technology that is easy to use. It allows our nurses and doctors to stay in touch with the patient at any time, and to review their pulse, temperature and blood pressure as soon as the patient takes them.”

Also from Australia, we recently covered the Digital Health Blueprint 2023-2033 from The Department of Health and Aged Care in Australia, which lays out a 10-year roadmap for digital health technologies along with an action plan.