Today, many baby boomers find themselves members of the “sandwich generation.” They are bringing up kids, getting them ready for college or the work force. At the same time, these boomers may also be caring for aging parents. In today’s frantic world, that’s a lot of responsibility. And, in many cases, these seniors would prefer to live independently and “age gracefully at home.”

Virtual Health is out to make life easier for everybody. Virtual Health is a subscription-based service provider that offers consumers a suite of home-based services and lifestyle choices. The service also helps with meals, transportation and financial solutions.

The chief executive officer of Virtual Health, Alex Go, knows what it’s like to take care of a senior citizen parent. “Personally, I have a mother that lives remotely away from me…She’s the classic senior that lives alone and takes six pills a day. She’s a stroke survivor and has multiple chronic illnesses, including diabetes and hypertension, that she manages on a daily basis,” says Go, in an interview with Men and Health: It’s a Guy Thing. As a family care giver, says Go, he wants to make sure she’s well.

Virtual Health was launched October 5th in New York City. The hope is to offer the service nationally by the end of the year.

The idea behind Virtual Health is to allow a growing population of senior citizens to live at home. Go says, “90 percent of the senior population in the United States (surveys have shown) would prefer to live in the home or the community that they grew old in.”

Virtual Health offers a suite of simple tools that will help family care givers who worry about an elderly parent. The goal is to provide a care plan for the senior, in consultation with the senior’s primary care physician. Virtual Health has selected the Intel-GE Care Innovations Guide (FDA-cleared) platform (including a touch-screen tablet), which will allow doctors to remotely monitor vitals, such as glucose level and blood pressure; there’s also video-conferencing technology.

“Our system, that we’ve standardized on, captures that information and sends it to a HIPPA-compliant secured data center. Our triage care coordinators would then monitor that information and provide guidance on whether or not it exceeds a threshold. Then we may contact a senior (to re-take the measurement),” says Go. This technology can help determine if the senior needs to make a proactive doctor visit or head to an emergency room. According to Go, the information can be shared with the physician.

Go says, “We take all of that precious information and we create a personal portal for that senior, so that if the senior wants to share that with their family care giver…they can actually see that Mom’s blood pressure is in check.”

Virtual Health is more than just checking a patient’s hypertension. They offer a suite of daily living services. For instance, if a senior is diabetic, Virtual Health offers a suite of nutritional meals. There’s a holistic perspective, according to Go.

The proactive nature of Virtual Health has the potential to cut down medical costs. For instance, adults over the age of 65 make more visits to the emergency room than any other age group in the United States.

To the sandwich generation, Go says, “Our goal is to provide to them a service that offers a helping hand, and give them piece of mind.”

Learn more about Virtual Health at http://www.virtualhealth.com

 

 

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