Pilot program to monitor pediatric health

Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, FL is kicking off a pilot program using remote monitoring technology to keep track of pediatric patient health. This type of preventative care system saves young patients stressful trips to the clinic and prevents small problems from growing into larger health concerns. "There's a lot of evidence that good case management or disease management keeps people out of hospitals, out of crisis situations," notes Lori Bilello, executive director of the Jacksonville-based Health Planning Council of North Florida. The pilot program will enroll 60 patients with asthma but could be expanded to include children with other chronic illnesses like cystic fibrosis, obesity and diabetes. The program has received the 2006 Governor of Florida's Innovation Award along with a $680,000 federal grant.

For more on the pilot program:
- check out this article from Jacksonville.com