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Veteran Uses Home Telehealth To Bring Diabetes Under Control

Veteran working with Health Buddy®.

Veteran working with Health Buddy® and his Nurse.

By Melissa Dunn, RN
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mr. Patrick Bingham attended a diabetes self-management education class in 2009 and learned about the Home Telehealth Program for diabetics.  His diabetes was not under control with his A1c level was 10.9%.  The A1c is a measure of how well blood sugar is controlled over the past 90 days.  The goal is to have an A1c level less than 7%. 

Mr. Bingham was reluctant to go on insulin, because he feared low sugar levels (hypoglycemia).  Melissa Dunn, RN, became Mr. Bingham’s Home Telehealth Care Coordinator and worked with him on his diet, managing complications of his disease, and monitoring glucose levels.  Since 2009, he has used a Health Buddy® device in his home.  He answers questions daily and sends his glucose levels to Melissa.  Melissa encouraged him to begin insulin therapy and worked closely with him.  Six months later, his A1c was down to a normal level of 6.5%. 

With the use of technology at home, he manages his diabetes and knows that Melissa is there for support whenever he needs it.  Mr. Bingham lives in Circleville and appreciates that he does not have to travel to the Medical Center as often as he did before. 

If you would like more information about the Home Telehealth Program at Chillicothe, please contact Michelle Copley at (740) 773-1141 ext. 6222.

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