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Philips - Project HOPE Partnership To Implement Telehealth In New Mexico

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Royal Philips Electronics and Project HOPE, the international health education and humanitarian assistancephilips organization, announced their partnership to bring telemonitoring devices in select homes in areas of New Mexico. This technology is for patients with chronic illnesses who have difficulties reaching doctors but still can be closely monitored.

John P. Howe III, M.D., president and CEO of Project HOPE, who revealed the program during his keynote address at this week's American Telemedicine Association Conference in San Antonio said "Some residents of New Mexico face a significant challenge in access to care due to a lack of healthcare professionals to meet the needs of the population. This partnership brings together the global technical expertise of Philips and the worldwide healthcare knowledge of Project HOPE in chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory ailments to help meet the healthcare needs of community members."

The Philips-HOPE partnership will enable clinicians to remotely monitor patients in their home who have chronic illnesses, through tracking vital signs and symptoms, which help clinicians, make more timely care decisions and helps prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. It will also provide training to local health workers who will assist in the installation of monitoring devices and teach patients how to use the technology. Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Philips Healthcare said "Philips Healthcare is honored to support Project HOPE’s efforts to improve rural Americans’ access to healthcare," he added "We can leverage our leadership in home healthcare solutions to help improve care for people with chronic illnesses in this area of the U.S."

It was found, according to a survey of healthcare and IT professionals, sponsored by Intel, that telehealth will play a novel role in the delivery of care to an aging population where chronic illness rises. Telehealth technologies are currently being used by roughly two-thirds of healthcare professionals, with an 87 % rate of satisfaction. By 2012 the market for telehealth and home health monitoring is expected to grow to about $7.7 billion from $3 billion in 2009 and around 50 % planned on implementing the use of telehealth within the next year.

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