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Telehealth Tools in Senior and Affordable Housing to Reduce Hospital Visits

Dawn Mottram

Community Opportunity Fund

Newark, New Jersey

This project will bring health care services to seniors and residents in large-scale affordable housing. It will include weekly remote patient monitoring (RPM) of vital signs and blood pressure monitoring, and health status questions that can predict hospitalization. The information is transmitted to an electronic database dashboard, where a registered nurse will review it and follow-up with the participant, primary care physician, and/or caregiver. The telehealth services will be supported by wrap around social services and programming that will be co-produced with residents.

The use of preventative health care services within a large affordable housing community will improve health and reduce repetitive, under 30-day hospital admissions and ER visits, and other reliance on the health care system. The onsite preventative care will reduce the healthcare costs both to the resident and to the healthcare system. With reduced costs, low-income residents will have more disposable income, allowing older residents to age in place and increasing all residents’ financial opportunity. The project will also explore opportunities to bill Medicare and Medicaid to reimburse for costs associated with the telehealth program.

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