North Carolina’s Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center’s Chief Nursing Officer, Bonnie Britton recently made the case for innovation in health care before the United Nations in New York City. Britton talked about the Patient Provider Community Telehealth Network (PPCTN) and how the program has boosted quality of care and produced cost savings. PCTN is a personal monitor for in-home patients with special needs, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. RCCHC implemented the technology thanks to funding from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund. The program has served over 200 RCCHC patients who have frequent emergency room visits, hospitalizations and have difficulty obtaining access to quality health care. The point made to the United Nations: The Telehealth program has repeatedly demonstrated that chronically ill elderly patients do better and following their medical regimen with a personal monitor. The UN work session included international decision-makers, and various experts from around the world.
Photo: Bonnie Britton, Chief Nursing Officer for Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (NC).