MANHATTAN, NY., February 22, 2016- GuildNet, part of Lighthouse Guild, a leading non-profit vision + healthcare organization, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired has partnered with Avery Telehealth to enhance the ability of GuildNet members to live happy, healthy and at home. Avery Telehealth will provide GuildNet with telehealth kits to help members with heart failure, diabetes and/ or COPD to maintain independence. The telehealth kits will electronically send members vital sign data real-time to Avery Telehealth Nurses who will review critical alerts and be available to answer medical concerns or questions 24/7.
GuildNet will identify appropriate members for the new program that will be provided without co-pays and is free of charge to the member. It is projected 200 members with chronic conditions will be enrolled in the first 12 months.
“Through this collaborative partnership with Avery, GuildNet will be able to provide technology that could improve our members quality of life and reduce avoidable emergency room visits and hospitalizations,” says Wanda Figueroa-Kilroy, RN, MSN, President of GuildNet. “Eligible members with chronic conditions, like Diabetes, Heart Failure or COPD, will be able to provide real time clinical data that will enable us to — in collaboration with their physician— provide timely interventions.”
The key features of the telehealth program include:
- Reviewing member’s medications to ensure they are working properly
- Avoiding unplanned hospitalizations
- Providing critical information to the member’s primary care physician so they can make informed decisions about their patients.
“We are excited to partner with GuildNet,” said Mark Aspenson, Chief Executive Officer of Avery Telehealth. “It is important to provide members with the proper tools and education to stay happy, healthy at home.”
GuildNet, a program of Lighthouse Guild, was established in 1997, becoming one of the first Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans in New York State. GuildNet is a leading healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of health care available for frail and chronically ill New Yorkers. With offices in New York City, Brooklyn, Melville, and White Plains, New York, GuildNet currently serves more than 18,000 Members. For more information, visit guildnetny.org.
About Avery Telehealth
Avery Telehealth is a health engagement company that reduces hospital readmissions, improves patient outcomes and lowers health care costs. Avery’s proprietary Readmission Avoidance Program (RAP) and End-to-End Telehealth Solutions are provided to health plans, hospitals, self-funded employers and those at risk for healthcare costs throughout the country. For more information, visit averytelehealth.com.