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 [...]

How Telehealth Can Close the Gap for Rural Patients

By |2018-06-25T15:11:37+00:00July 4th, 2018|Hospitals and Physicians|

For many Americans, living in the rural countryside is nothing short of heaven. Unfortunately, there is trouble brewing in paradise. Since 2010, 83 rural hospitals have closed, according to the National Rural Health Association, including three in our own home state of Missouri (Parkland Health Center in Farmington, Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, and SoutheastHealth Center in Ellington). What’s more, more [...]

How to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

By |2018-05-20T11:07:15+00:00June 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 [...]

How to Decrease Preventable Patient Harm

By |2018-03-12T14:43:08+00:00April 4th, 2018|Hospitals and Physicians|

Each year, nearly 250,000 patients in the United States die due to medical errors. Not only is that number unacceptable, it’s devastating. While the causes of adverse patient events vary, one unavoidable similarity to consider is that most adverse events take place in hospitals. The fact is, the longer a patient remains in a hospital, the greater the likelihood that [...]

Integrating Telemonitoring Into Established Health Systems

By |2018-02-18T09:40:46+00:00March 14th, 2018|Hospitals and Physicians|

For healthcare organizations with long histories and even longer patient lists, the prospect of revamping their entire health system can seem ridiculous. Why take the energy to reinvent the wheel when time and resources are already stretched so thin? Why invest in the technology of tomorrow when the technology of today seems to be working just fine? Around the world, [...]

Reinforcing Hospital Care Through Telehealth

By |2018-02-04T15:37:13+00:00February 21st, 2018|Hospitals and Physicians|

Telehealth is based in the understanding that the relationship between patients and caregivers – as well as the relationship between patients and their individual healthcare plans – must be strengthened to improve health outcomes. This tenet encompasses a wide range of factors, including medical expenses, disease management, education, at-home care, and in-hospital treatment. And, though telehealth has transformed the way [...]

A Clinician’s Role in Improving Telehealth Outcomes

By |2017-08-18T12:21:38+00:00March 29th, 2017|Hospitals and Physicians|

Since its inception, telehealth has continued to evolve to fulfill countless functions within the healthcare community; improving the quality of life for chronic disease patients, enhancing corporate wellness programs, minimizing the need for patient transportation, lowering healthcare costs, reducing hospitalizations, and much more. However, technological advancements alone did not enable these accomplishments; they were largely enabled by a transforming healthcare [...]

How Telehealth Can Reduce the Prevalence of Hospital-Acquired Infections

By |2017-03-16T16:45:56+00:00January 18th, 2017|Hospitals and Physicians|

In 2014, the New England Journal of Medicine published a survey that found an estimated 722,000 cases of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) reported in 2011 by 183 participating hospitals. These results contained cases of pneumonia, gastrointestinal illness, urinary tract infections, primary bloodstream infections, surgical site infections from inpatient surgeries, and nearly 119,000 cases of various other infections. Of these nearly three [...]