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Loretto launches telehealth service for PACE-CNY program participants

By Eric Reinhardt

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Loretto on Monday announced that its PACE-CNY program is offering participants round-the-clock access to a doctor or nurse through a new telehealth program called ImagineMic. As of July 15, Loretto had 19 PACE-CNY participants enrolled in the program and using the equipment in their homes, with 17 more signed up to begin. PACE-CNY is short for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly in Central New York. (Photo provided by Loretto)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Loretto’s PACE-CNY program is offering participants round-the-clock access to a doctor or nurse through ImagineMic, a new telehealth program.

PACE-CNY is short for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly in Central New York.

As of July 15, Loretto had 19 PACE-CNY participants enrolled in the ImagineMIC program and using the equipment in their homes, with 17 more signed up to begin, Loretto said in a Monday news release.

Participants pay “no additional fee” for the use of this service, it added.

“The addition of ImagineMIC, a device with real-time health monitoring and 24/7 access to a physician, can be a home-based solution for many. This enhanced level of oversight keeps PACE participants in optimal wellness while they are away from the PACE centers,” Stephanie Button, VP of PACE-CNY, said. “It also gives family, friends, and caregivers peace of mind and minimizes hospital and emergency-room visits, as some health issues can be identified and treated through the telehealth system.”

How it works

Individuals are equipped with an FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved disposable patch, which is placed on their chest and streams real-time data to a monitoring intervention center (MIC), a location staffed with physicians and nurses.

The patch monitors EKG (electrocardiogram), respiratory rate, oxygen levels, skin temperature, heart rate, and it can also detect falls.

The network analyzes the data received in real-time to provide predictive insight to help clinicians develop a treatment plan. If immediate attention is necessary when participants are not at a PACE Center, they have mobile access to a virtual audio/visual consultation with a doctor or nurse using either an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

About PACE-CNY, Loretto

PACE-CNY offers home care and community services, activities at center locations, and transportation to PACE-CNY activities, outside doctor appointments and other activities.

PACE-CNY also works with Medicaid’s consumer directed personal assistance program (CDPAP), which allows consumers to recruit, hire, train, supervise, terminate and direct their own home-care workers (including family, friends or neighbors).

The nonprofit Loretto is a health-care organization providing services for older adults throughout Central New York. The organization serves close to 10,000 individuals each year through 19 locations in Onondaga and Cayuga counties.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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