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.

Metabolic Syndrome Disease Management Strategies

By |2018-07-12T18:47:04+00:00September 26th, 2018|Metabolic Syndrome Management|

We, as a society, crave convenience. So many of our daily conversations are focused on the fastest routes to work or which restaurants have the shortest wait times. So much of the content we view on news outlets and social media posts are saturated with articles boasting the latest tips and tricks and simple fixes. If there is a shortcut [...]

The Big, Bright Future of Telemonitoring

By |2018-07-12T18:45:41+00:00September 19th, 2018|Telehealth Technology|

By now, anyone in healthcare understands the benefits of telemonitoring – also called remote patient monitoring. Telemonitoring programs are vital to achieving the “triple aim” of healthcare, which is to improve patient outcomes, access to care, and the cost-effectiveness of the services provided. Telemonitoring technology can collect and monitor a wide range of data, including, for example, vital signs, blood [...]

Employee Tools to Control Healthcare Costs

By |2018-09-05T07:59:00+00:00September 12th, 2018|Employee Wellness|

Every employer these days is looking for ways to control healthcare costs. However, unless employees are part of the cost-reduction equation and empowered to improve their own health, the likelihood of success is slim. With that, we give you three tools that can engage employees in their healthcare and, thus, control – if not reduce – your company’s healthcare costs. [...]

The Impact of Telemonitoring on Physician Practices

By |2018-08-09T18:05:54+00:00September 5th, 2018|Hospitals and Physicians|

As information technology continues to grow and become more established within the healthcare industry, so grows the popularity and prevalence of telemonitoring services and devices. Though certainly not a new emergence in the world of healthcare, over recent years telemonitoring – or remote patient monitoring – has continued to expand steadily, providing patients with improved, at-home care while offering physicians [...]

Reducing Hospitalizations for CHF Patients

By |2018-07-08T16:57:31+00:00August 29th, 2018|CHF Management|

Hospitals, and now home health agencies, are being challenged to reduce hospital readmissions. To identify one of the greatest opportunities for achieving this goal, one needs to look no further than patients with congestive heart failure. Nationally, nearly one in four CHF patients is readmitted for events that likely were preventable, and more than one in 10 CHF patients is [...]

Telemonitoring in the Workplace: The Time is Now

By |2018-07-13T12:05:44+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Employee Wellness|

The Center for Connected Health Policy defines telehealth as “a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Telehealth is not a specific service, but a collection of means to enhance care and education delivery.” The Health Resources Services Administration, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, further [...]

The Impact of Telemonitoring on Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP)

By |2018-07-13T12:05:35+00:00August 15th, 2018|Home Health|

In case you haven’t noticed, the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program is now nearing the three-year mark in nine pilot states: Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the program January 1, 2016, modeling it after a similar Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program in an effort to [...]

Advances in Diabetes Management

By |2018-07-13T12:05:24+00:00August 8th, 2018|Diabetes Management|

Several years ago, the American Diabetes Association advanced three major strategies to successfully improve the quality of diabetes management. The first strategy focuses on changing the behavior of providers and care teams. The idea is that by implementing explicit goal setting with patients; identifying and addressing language, numeracy, or cultural barriers to care; and integrating evidence-based guidelines and clinical information [...]

Why Telemonitoring is Now a Strategic Imperative

By |2018-07-16T14:35:37+00:00August 1st, 2018|Benefits of Telehealth|

There is little debate that healthcare is gradually shifting from a model that is focused on treating the sick to one that is driven by population health management. The payers – led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – are forcing this transformation by tying outcomes to financial incentives and disincentives for providers. In fact, pay-for-performance initiatives [...]

The Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

By |2018-06-25T15:13:39+00:00July 25th, 2018|Benefits of Telehealth|

A week doesn’t pass that a report isn’t published about the growth or benefit of remote patient monitoring – also known as telemonitoring. The excitement dates back to 2013, when FierceHealthcare published a report stating that remote patient monitoring would save healthcare $36 billion globally by the end of this year. Three years later, in 2016, Becker’s Healthcare reported that [...]

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