Ruth Howell looks forward to visits from her Archbold nurse, but she also enjoys being able to monitor her own health. Like an alarm clock, the monitor tells her when it's time to check.
Using the monitor once a day, Howell checks her weight, blood pressure, heart rate, pulse and more. The readings travel to a computer via telephone line. If a patient's reading shows up red, their physician is contacted immediately. It cuts down on visits to the doctor's office.
Archbold's Home Health Services is one of forty facilities nationwide participating in the study, and the only one in Georgia. The program's director says they'll be purchasing the system once the study is complete.
Home health personnel say the system speaks twelve languages and is capable of monitoring most illnesses.