Donations to Union Health Foundation brought groundbreaking technology to the Wabash Valley in December 2020. The Foundation awarded a $97,500 grant to Union Hospital to purchase a Masimo SafetyNet patient management system.
The system allows clinicians to remotely care for patients via
a telemedicine device so they can recover in the comfort of their homes while under round-the-clock supervision of a hospital clinical team.
Jimmy McKanna, Union’s Manager of Respiratory Therapy, said this technology is a “giant leap into the future of healthcare” and allows hospital-based clinicians more resources to provide care for critical patients. Union Hospital was the first hospital in the state of Indiana to provide 24-hour remote monitoring. Additionally, this technology transcends COVID-19 and will have multiple applications in chronic disease management for the Wabash Valley community in the future.
In its first month of use, approximately 25 patients were able to receive their care at home.
“One of our big success stories was a patient that was weaned from five liters per minute of oxygen down to room air while being monitored on the unit,” McKanna said.