New Jersey Visiting Nurse Association Uses Web to Help Elderly Manage Chronic Health Conditions from Home

CentraState Healthcare System, the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey and the Monmouth County Office on Aging developed and tested a Web-based disease-management service for older adults in Monmouth County, N.J., with diabetes, congestive heart failure and/or obesity who needed home care services.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives, a statewide grantmaking program created to improve health care for New Jersey residents through innovative, community-based health services.

Key Results

Among the 17 patients who completed the project:

  • Participants improved their self-monitoring skills. All participants reviewed their vital signs at least once a day.
  • Participants enhanced their self-care knowledge. All participants scored 90 percent or better on key tests about their conditions and proper self-care.
  • Participants had 35 percent fewer hospital stays for congestive heart failure and diabetes during the project than in the three prior years.