Penn Medicine's E-lert® Home Telehealth program uses technology to empower high-risk cardiac patients and their families to actively participate in their care, with a goal of reducing readmission to the hospital; resulting in dramatic cost savings and quality outcomes.

E-lert® Home Telehealth Benefits

E-lert® Home Telehealth encourages healthy behaviors by allowing patients to take an active role in their care. This advanced system is less expensive and allows for easier daily monitoring and feedback than traditional approaches involving on-site care. Our telehealth system works to quickly identify and prevent complications in our patients as well as reduce hospital admissions.

E-lert® Home Telehealth goals include:

  • The use of a wireless device to offer patients with chronic conditions the ability to monitor weight, blood pressure and blood glucose at home.
  • The ability to identify signs and symptoms of early disease exacerbation.
  • Intervening with actions to prevent exacerbation requiring a higher level of medical care.
  • Illuminating cause and effect relationships to enhance patient education.

Services and Eligibility

  • Remote monitoring
  • Interactive symptom reporting and medication reminders
  • Health coaching and educational videos
  • Cardiology patients identified by care team

How E-lert® Home Telehealth Works

Once you are discharged from the hospital, you are provided with a Bluetooth-enabled tablet. This tablet allows us to monitor your vital signs, medications and provide communication between you, Penn clinicians and the home health company. 

The first step in getting set up involves a visit to your home from a Penn Home Health nurse to assist with the device set-up. The nurse will discuss and instruct you on how to self-perform daily monitoring with the use of your 4G telehealth tablet. The system monitors biometric trends and responses to subjective questions. Our team will contact you if data is outside of normal parameters.

Our team of experts closely monitor treatment and care by:

  • Collecting information from the patient (i.e. 24 hour diet recall, salt intake, symptoms and medication compliance).
  • Communicating changes in a patients’ condition to the physician or designee.
  • Adjusting treatment plans as needed.
  • Reiterating life style changes through health coaching.

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Our Team

  • Ann Huffenberger, DBA, RN
    Director of ICU Operations, Penn E-lert
  • Anne H. Norris, MD
    Chief Medical Officer, Penn Care at Home
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