The South West Local Health Integration Network are using technology to improve patient care at home.
eShift is a digital platform that allows nurses to monitor up to six patients at a time without having to go to their homes.
The aim is to reduce readmission rates and make better use of staff resources.
V-P of Home and Community Care for the South West LHIN Donna Ladouceur says a personal support worker or a technician is in the home constantly monitoring the patient and that information is sent to the nurse at the hospital in real time.
She says the nurse can then follow the status of the patient and be able to give the technician direction.
Ladouceur says eShift allows public support workers and technicians to be more engaged and less isolated.
She says the virtual connection creates a team-like environment.
Ladouceur says we are seeing a trend where more people are choosing to spend the rest of their lives at home.
She says that has been a challenge but platforms like eShift have allowed more patients to die at home.