Videophone Monitoring of SARS Patients in Voluntary Home Isolation
A Good Idea
This practice has been Archived and is no longer maintained.
Nassau County Department of Health (County) has developed and pilot-tested a program for videophone monitoring of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) patients and contacts in voluntary home isolation and quarantine. The program is targeted towards SARS patients and contacts who are not ill enough to be hospitalized and known SARS patients who are being released from the hospital.
Goal / Mission
The goal of this program is to protect the public from the spread of SARS by using the least restrictive means possible. Program objectives are1) to provide a mechanism for effectively monitoring patients on voluntary home isolation and quarantine, 2) to enable visual verification of patient compliance and condition, and 3) to maximize limited resources by being cost-effective and time-efficient.
Results / Accomplishments
The use of a videophone program is an efficient and effective mechanism for visually monitoring compliance with home isolation and quarantine while protecting the public's health. The videophone monitoring process lasts from three to ten days (or longer) depending on the resolution or progression of symptoms.
About this Promising Practice
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Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases
Public Safety / Emergency Planning & Response
- Nassau County Department of Health
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Date of publication
- Nassau County, NY
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- Additional Audience
- SARS patients