Americans often describe the U.S. healthcare system as the best in the world. But according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. healthcare system ranks last among 11 high-income countries. The country leads the world in health care spending, but Americans are sicker and more likely to die of preventable conditions than those in other wealthy countries.
The time has come to embrace new approaches to providing healthcare – approaches that harness the power of eHealth to not only improve clinical outcomes, but also reduce costs. Leading-edge technologies such as remote patient monitoring and wearable eHealth devices have the potential to transform the way we view, provide, and receive healthcare in this country.
How Remote Patient Monitoring Can Be a Panacea
Remote patient monitoring – when coupled with 24-hour clinical health call center support, chronic disease management programs, population health management, and corporate wellness programs – offer healthcare providers powerful alternatives for improving the delivering care while also minimizing healthcare expenses. For instance, in a study conducted by Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, telemonitoring was shown to reduce hospitalizations by as much as 63% for patients with multiple co-morbidities.
This, in turn, leads to improvements in both health outcomes and healthcare costs. In another study, CHF patients who had remote patient monitoring had half as many re-hospitalizations six months post-discharge than the control group.
In addition to reducing hospitalizations, healthcare providers can employ eHealth solutions to maximize patient satisfaction and infuse patients with the education necessary to take charge of their personal health plans. While healthcare providers such as doctors and nurses are essential for supplying comprehensive care, a patient’s ability to perform simple self-care tasks and maintain healthy lifestyle choices can often sway the efficacy of a health plan.
By deploying the latest technological advances, healthcare organizations can improve the quality of care while helping to reverse the tide of overspending that so often cripples the healthcare community.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is a certified management accountant and the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, one of the leading telehealth monitoring companies in the U.S. Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, a lecturer for Missouri State University’s graduate-level Health Care Administration program, and a contributing author to, “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Karen has appeared on numerous webinars and has spoken at dozens of conferences on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, a past board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the American Society on Aging, and a past ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.