OTN’s Telehomecare program uses sophisticated and easy-to-use equipment to link patients with health care professionals. The program empowers patients to self-manage their chronic illnesses thereby reducing hospital and emergency room visits.
OTN recently completed a successful trial of the Program involving more than 800 patients with one of two chronic diseases - Congestive Heart Failure or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder.
Working with select Family Health Teams in the trial, OTN effectively demonstrated significant results*:
- 65% reduction in the average number of hospital admissions;
- 72% reduction in the average number of Emergency Room visits; and
- 95% reduction in the average number of walk-in clinic visits.
* Results of an independent evaluation by Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Based on this success, OTN will use the Telehomecare model to expand to other therapeutic areas.