Karl is one of about 30 patients using home medical monitoring systems provided by the Home Care Services at Saint Francis Hospital.
She is sold on the device, which was installed in her home after she was discharged from a hospital stay. "I think it's terrific," the Poughquag resident said. "This way they can find out more about me than at the office." Karl has congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to the body's other organs. The clock-radio-sized device is hooked into the home's phone line and transmits the data collected to a computer in the home care offices.