TeleHealth Systems was an automated telephonic system to monitor the progress of patients convalescing at home. TeleHeakh included a computerized workstation that was capable of automated voice communication over the telephone, using voice reproduction and touch-tone recognition, Peripheral hardware in multiple monitored homes required only a touch-tone telephone. The current central station included a computer running NeXTStep a fax modem, and a specialized telecommunications modem developed specifically for voice telecommunications using NeXTStep.
The central station acted like a robotic nurse in that it asked patients a series of questions and recorded the responses. The physician or other professional could preselect subjective questions to be asked from a question menu, including items targeted specifically for the patient's disease or condition.
In addition, clinical data such as body weight, blood pressure and body temperature obtained from other in-home diagnostic aids could be transmitted to the central station over the telephone using touch tones. The time of day and frequency of calling were preselected, according to the patient's preference and clinical status. Data obtained by the central station could be easily accessed by the nurse or other health professional via menu-driven software. Reports depicting significant responses as a function of time were generated in graphical format to facilitate rapid identification of adverse trends. Hardcopy reports could be dispersed directly by fax.
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