As a 2017 HIMSS Community Health Davies Award recipient, Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC) has demonstrated an extensive use of telehealth technology to provide health services to patients remotely, such as remote blood pressure monitoring for patients to self-monitor their blood pressure reducing the need for office visits. Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC), a non-profit organization, has been providing quality health services to the Lanai community in a supportive environment since August 2008. The organization places a particular focus on those who live below the federal poverty level; no one is turned away, because they do not have the means to pay.
LCHC’s synchronous VTC (video teleconferencing) program supports their behavioral health integration program, tele-psychiatry, and other specialty consultations. Some of the store and forward technology used in ophthalmology, dermatology, and prenatal care include tele-ophthalmology (DM retinal imaging), tele-derm and tele-ultrasound (OB and abdominal).
The LCHC home blood pressure program, introduced in 2014, demonstrates its effective utilization of technology fully integrated with the clinical information system. Patients self-monitor their blood pressure, which is relevant since hypertension affects 30% of adults. In addition, approximately half of patients with hypertension are not effectively managed.
LCHC started small, with only 24 patients. However, the initiative was so successful that the first 20 patients all enrolled in the program and bought blood pressure cuffs. In 2016, LCHC introduced off-the-shelf Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure cuffs and glucose meters, further improving data collection and reducing the need for office visits.
Learn more about how Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC) has achieved excellence with through health information and technology by listening to their use cases below.