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Humana, Healthsense Activate Telehealth Pilot

December 24, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Louisville, Ky.-based health insurer Humana and Healthsense, a Mendota Heights, Minn.-based provider of aging services technologies, have completed member enrollment in a remote monitoring pilot program.

The pilot will measure the impact in-home sensors and remote monitoring technology have on improving health outcomes, and reducing frailty and fall-related hospital admissions for Medicare members with chronic health conditions.

Humana Cares / Senior Bridge, Humana’s national chronic care management division, identified and enrolled 100 Humana Medicare Advantage members in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia in the “Activities of Daily Living” (ADL) in-home, year-long pilot aimed at helping members remain independent and in their homes.

The Healthsense eNeighbor remote monitoring system reports changes in the member’s normal patterns of movement and activity to Humana care managers through in-home sensors that measure routine daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, physical activity, and toileting.

The sensors, which are placed discreetly around the home, work with Healthsense software to establish the typical levels of daily activity, or a “routine,” for each member. Through passive monitoring, this routine becomes the benchmark for establishing when the member may need assistance without asking them to check-in, push a button, or pull a cord.

“We know that daily activities, like eating, sleeping and physical activity, can tell you a lot about a person’s health,” Humana Cares / Senior Bridge vice president of telephonic care management operations Gail Miller, said in a statement. “With the information relayed to us from the Healthsense in-home sensors, we’re able to quickly act on the alerts we receive. This is especially important in cases where you have a member with multiple chronic conditions living alone and a timely response can drastically change a health outcome.”

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