The Polar Vortex and Senior Safety


“How cold is it in the Upper Midwest today? It’s so cold that if you toss boiling hot water in the air, it may turn to ice crystals. (Be careful out there and always check which way the wind is blowing, folks. People tend to scald themselves doing this.)*”


Thank you National Public Radio (NPR) for that interesting fact and safety warning.

As the polar vortex dipped south this week turning mid America into an ice block, I began to worry about family and friends who live in the areas being affected. Weather experts warn us that even a few minutes of exposure in these extremely low temperatures can result in frostbite and hypothermia.

Of particular concern is our senior population. The National Institute on Aging says older adults lose body heat faster than young people. What may be ok for some of us, could be very dangerous for seniors. It is recommended the inside temperature for seniors should be no lower than 68°F.

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New Year, New Health Goals – Encouragement Keeps RPM Patient Compliance on Track

Engaging a single patient in their health can be challenging, especially when that patient is somewhat isolated or solely responsible for managing their healthcare. Social isolation is talked about a lot these days and recently, while reviewing data gathered in a pilot program, I was able to uncover evidence to the point.

During a MobileHelp pilot study a few years ago, I noticed a concerning shift in patient engagement. The pilot study included more than a dozen individuals. They were given a MobileHelp Remote Patient Monitoring System, and a few Bluetooth enabled peripherals – a weight scale, blood pressure monitor and a pulse-oxygen saturation monitor. A home health nurse assisted in identifying potential participants for the study and answering their questions about the devices.  

The study started in June and ran through the next Spring. The questions the pilot study was to answer were: “Given access to devices to measure their own health, will patients monitor their health consistently on their own, will they be satisfied and confident with monitoring their own health and will their perception of safety improve when they track their health statistics?”  

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Healthcare & the Power of Voice

Nancy*, one of our longest-term customers, presses the button on her emergency response device every day. She has never had an actual emergency – as an older woman who lives alone, she simply wants to talk with someone, and we are happy to facilitate that connection.

As an emergency response company, we have had numerous such opportunities to experience what the power of another human voice can mean – from providing access to help and reassurance in an emergency, to simply being there for someone who is battling isolation.

So, what happens if that “human voice of connection” is not actually human, and comes from a smart speaker?

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Diabetes Management: Remote Patient Monitoring – Connected Care for Positive Results

Telehealth Lends Insight

As a platform for both clinical oversight and patient self-monitoring, telehealth allows for insight into patient status between clinical visits. Types of patient-generated health data include vital monitoring, patient responses to surveys/questions, and real-time video visits. And success rates in diabetes management as patients make lifestyle adjustments are evidenced by recent clinical trials.

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Long-term Remote Patient Monitoring Supports CHF Patients

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease represents not only the leading cause of death in America, but also one of the most lethal, resulting in the mortality of roughly half its patients within 5 years of diagnosis.

This rapidly-progressive condition dramatically alters the quality of a patient’s life in a variety of ways, typically requiring specialty oversight with high-cost healthcare resources, such as urgent care, ER, and frequent hospitalizations.

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Welcome to the MobileHelp Healthcare Blog

We’re excited about launching this blog as it coincides with the relaunch of our MobileHelp® Healthcare website, which we invite you to browse if you haven’t had a chance:

On the MobileHelp Healthcare Blog, you’ll find information related to our professional mission – helping healthcare professionals and organizations connect to and support their patients – in both the short- and long-term.

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