Edith Karl gingerly approached the scale. Her nurse, David Kemp, helped the 86-year-old step on the device. Once her weight was taken, Karl got off the scale and sat down. Kemp got a blood pressure cuff and adjusted it to Karl's thin arm. A finger clip measured the amount of oxygen coursing through Karl's veins.
There was nothing unusual about any of the procedures, except for two things: They were done in Karl's Poughquag, N.Y., home and Kemp didn't need to be there.
Karl is one of about 30 patients using home medical monitoring systems provided by the Home Care Services at St. Francis Hospital.
She is sold on the device, which was installed in her home after she was discharged from a hospital stay. The monitor checks her vitals every day at the same time. The clock-radio-sized device is hooked into the home's phone line and transmits the data collected to a computer in the home-care offices.
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