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Phoebe starts health buddy system

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  Phoebe Putney has a new health buddy system they're installing in homes to keep a close eye on patients discharged from the hospital. So far they've installed at least seven systems since its start.

They're trying to manage patients at home so they won't have to be re-admitted to the hospital in a worse condition.

With this new technology they can notice things a lot sooner like problems with blood pressure, weight gain, and even heart failure. The machine will ask health questions among other things and relay it back to the Home Health Care office.

We spoke with a man suffering with heart failure, who loves the help this machine gives. 

"I feel good about it. I absolutely love the way technology is growing," Healthy Buddy User John Walton.

"We work hard to make sure we're cutting edge in technology and home health care. This is another indication of things we're doing, as a non-profit system to put the money invested in us, back in the community," said Chief Operating Officer Joe Austin.

Patients are not charged for this service. This is just another way Phoebe Putney plans to save lives.

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