Monument Health offers home monitoring to COVID-19 patients
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A new COVID Care Companion program has been launched by Monument Health in Rapid City.
The program will provide a more robust and effective care platform for those who test positive for COVID-19 and can recover at home.
The COVID Care Companion is an interactive, secure tool that will enable personalized care through the MyChart website, MyChart Mobile app, or by phone call.
Patients who test positive for COVID-19 or who have recently been discharged from the hospital with a positive test will be offered tools to participate in the home monitoring program. Once patients are enrolled, they will need a pulse oximeter and thermometer to check symptoms daily to log those in the MyChart system.
If a patient does not have access to MyChart or isn’t able to fill out the outline questionnaire, a nurse will call them daily to monitor their symptoms.
Patients are also asked to monitor for shortness of breath, cough, weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, anxiety or depression, fever, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell. Patients will also be asked to log and upload their temperature, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation.
Monument Health nurses check the charts daily and will contact a patient who has any new or worsening symptoms, like a fever of 100.3 or higher, blood oxygen levels of 92% or lower.
Patients are enrolled in the program for 14 days, but if they are in need of additional time, the program will be extended.