BC Calif. Pilots Remote Patient Monitoring

Anthem Blue Cross in California has started a pilot program enabling covered members with congestive heart failure to monitor their weight and blood pressure daily and transmit readings to a secure Web portal.

The one-year pilot will start with 25 members in the Los Angeles region with expectations to expand statewide with about 750 participants. Members are given a wireless scale and blood pressure cuff that transmit data to a modem that plugs into a telephone line to populate the Web portal.

Members, care givers, physicians and case managers can access the portal. Physicians are automatically alerted when changes in weight or blood pressure indicate development of a serious problem.

Anthem is using patient remote monitoring technology from VRI Inc., West Carrollton, Ohio. The vendor recently conducted a similar pilot with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. More information is available at monitoringcare.com.

--Joseph Goedert


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