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Sarah Bush Lincoln Expands Remote Patient Care

The SBL Bonutti Clinic rolls out Chronic Care Management and Remote Patient Monitoring to orthopedic patients. This extension of care is made possible through to a state-of-the-art digital engagement platform and easy-to-use wearables provided at no cost to Medicare patients.

A brand new medical service with the power to transform patient care is being implemented in the Effingham region.

Sarah Bush Lincoln has partnered with Ceras Health to bring Remote Patient Monitoring and Chronic Care Management to the Bonutti Clinic. Ceras Health is an industry leader in patient engagement, providing intuitive digital applications with easy-to-use interfaces, wearable devices with straight-forward controls, and instant, ongoing remote access to care teams.

“The addition of Remote Patient Monitoring and Chronic Care Management to the SBL Bonutti Clinic gives us an opportunity to provide an unprecedented level of service to our community,” Peter Bonutti, MD, FACS, FAAOS, FAANA, said.  “If this is as successful as I fully expect it to be at our clinic, I could see these services becoming a cornerstone of patient care throughout all of Sarah Bush Lincoln. I’m excited for our clinic to be at the center of this groundbreaking innovation as we integrate modern technology with the empathy and compassion that are the hallmarks of the care we provide at Sarah Bush Lincoln.”

Patients undergoing joint repairs have the option to wear a HIPAA-compliant, always-on, smart watch that monitors heart rate, pulse, temperature, blood oxygenation, mobility and more. It is available at no cost to Medicare recipients. If readings aren’t where they need to be, a clinical expert can intervene and, if necessary, schedule an immediate follow-up appointment with the patient’s doctor. Dr. Bonutti added, “Outpatient surgery will significantly benefit from monitoring with safety and the ability to notify patients at home.”

Supported by the Ceras Health platform, Remote Patient Monitoring, or RPM, will enable the staff at the SBL Bonutti Clinic to track orthopedic patients’ recovery from surgery and their ongoing progress without the need to come in for unnecessary repeat visits.

In addition, patients suffering from two or more chronic conditions will benefit from Chronic Care Management, or CCM, which provides customized, evidence-based care plans designed to support wellness and limit risks associated with a variety of chronic conditions. As with RPM, patients on a CCM plan will benefit from ongoing monitoring from a team of clinical experts who can check in at regular intervals and ensure health remains on track by updating the care plan and scheduling follow-up appointments as needed.

Data remains secure and fully confidential, accessible only to the patient, their doctor and Ceras Health’s dedicated team of clinical professionals.

This marks the SBL Bonutti Clinic’s latest move to prioritize the patient experience and innovate care within Effingham and the surrounding community. Work recently began on a brand-new facility that will expand care options and bring a variety of specialties together under one roof. Combined with the remote engagement services made possible by Ceras Health, the Bonutti Clinic continues to explore new and exciting methods of supporting patient wellbeing.

“This is a game-changer for our patients,” Dr. Bonutti said. “I can’t wait for the community to see just what we have in store in 2021 and the years to come. This is only the beginning.”

About Sarah Bush Lincoln

Sarah Bush Lincoln is a 149-bed, not-for-profit, regional hospital centrally located in East Central Illinois’ Coles County, and is Women’s Choice Award recipient for orthopedic care, ranking SBL in the top 11 percent of hospitals in the nation. It is also a recipient of the Women’s Choice Best Hospital for Outpatient Experience.

The Sarah Bush Lincoln Bonutti Clinic is home to five innovative and skilled orthopedists and an occupational medicine clinic. The clinic, located at 1303 Evergreen Ave., Effingham, serves the southern region of Illinois and treats a wide variety of orthopedic issues and routinely performs procedures on shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and hips, sets broken bones and follows their patients through rehab.

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About Ceras Health

Ceras Health provides patients with a direct, 24/7 connection to doctors and other clinical experts responsible for patient care. With state-of-the-art patient engagement platforms and a variety of wearables designed with simplicity and usability in mind, Ceras Health connects doctors and patients like never before. Remote Patient Monitoring, Chronic Care Management, Transitional Care Management, Behavioral Health Integration and other remote services strengthen health outcomes and quality of life by providing seamless, non-intrusive care monitoring and guidance to patients.

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