About Karen Thomas

Karen R. Thomas is the President of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions. In 2004, she developed and secured funding for the first Medicaid-covered telemonitoring program within the Disease Management Department for the State of Missouri. Seeing the need that various industries had for cost-saving solutions that could provide improved health outcomes for patients, she began Advanced TeleHealth Solutions in 2011.

Remote Patient Monitoring Services: Build or Buy?

By | 2018-06-15T16:27:24+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Cost of Telemedicine|

For many years, healthcare executives have questioned whether it is better to build or buy remote patient monitoring solutions as a strategy for reducing E.R, visits, hospital re-admissions, and more. After all, hospitals and home health agencies are incented by Medicare to reduce unnecessary readmissions, and nearly all healthcare leaders agree that telemonitoring is an effective solution. The question, though, [...]

Applying eHealth Principles to Reduce Healthcare Spending

By | 2018-05-25T13:35:47+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Telehealth Perspectives|

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 [...]

How to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

By | 2018-05-20T11:07:15+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Hospitals and Physicians|

The unclouded truth of hospital readmissions is that, except for routine services such as body imaging or prescheduled procedures, patients do not return to hospitals unless they have suffered a substantial decline in their health. Making the situation worse for hospitals, several years ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implemented the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), which financially [...]

An Easy Way to Improve Disease Management

By | 2018-05-20T11:06:30+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Remote Patient Monitoring|

The rate at which chronic diseases are becoming more prevalent in this country is alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all American adults currently live with one or more chronic health conditions. When we consider the millions of people currently living with heart disease, diabetes, COPD, or any of the other leading causes [...]

How Home Health Agencies are Poised for a Revolution

By | 2018-05-08T11:18:31+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Home Health|

With the advent of smart phones, tablets, and near-ubiquitous WIFI connectivity, the home health industry is poised to revolutionize healthcare by improving health outcomes, minimizing hospitalizations, reducing health-related expenses, and building stronger and closer relationships between patients and their caregivers. If you think that this is a stretch of the imagination, then think again. Through remote patient monitoring, education, clinical [...]

The Hidden Benefits of Improved Patient Satisfaction

By | 2018-05-08T11:18:21+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Patient Satisfaction|

A great mistake in healthcare is that providers often view patient satisfaction as a related benefit to effective care management when, in fact, it is usually the other way around. The link between mental health, acuity, and physical well-being has long been recognized by healthcare experts. When people are happy, they tend to be healthy. When people are upset, depressed, [...]

Reducing Corporate Healthcare Costs with Telemonitoring

By | 2018-05-07T15:18:29+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Remote Patient Monitoring|

If competitive market pressures weren’t challenging enough for U.S. companies, then the Affordable Care Act’s “employer mandate” only served to deepen corporate America’s emphasis on cost control and cost reduction. A remote patient monitoring program, known as telemonitoring, using digital technologies can reduce corporate healthcare costs, as well as improve employee productivity and absenteeism. Employees who take advantage of remote [...]

Improved Options for Medicare and Medicaid Patients

By | 2018-04-17T22:52:11+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Benefits of Telehealth|

In our country, there are currently 44 million patients enrolled in Medicare programs, while millions of others – primarily those who are elderly, disabled, or come from low-income households – seek the benefits and assistance of powerful Medicaid programs. For a lot of these people, there are no other options, and without these programs to help guide them and support [...]

How Remote Patient Monitoring Aids Home Health Agencies

By | 2018-04-05T10:58:17+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Home Health|

Two years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched its nine-state pilot of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program, with plans to expand the initiative nationwide in the next several years. This program has forced home health agencies to retool and seek every possible opportunity for reducing costs and creating market differentiation. One of those opportunities [...]

Reducing Health Expenses for Self-Insured Businesses

By | 2018-04-03T07:24:02+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Employee Wellness|

As healthcare-related costs continue to increase, more employees are seeking potential employers that have excellent health and medical programs. For self-insured businesses that do not offer strong healthcare programs, recruiting can be difficult. The double-whammy for these companies is that if employees require prolonged care, then these businesses are hampered with increasing healthcare costs, employee absenteeism, and lost productivity. Enter [...]

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