COPD Management Programs2016-12-28T10:38:49+00:00
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COPD Management Programs

COPD management programs represent an opportunity to reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes, as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is one of the leading causes of disability and mortality worldwide. By 2020, it is expected to become the third-leading cause of death and the fifth-leading cause of disability-adjusted life years.

In 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added COPD to its Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program as a target for improved care and cost savings. At the time, 1 in 5 COPD patients were being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Unless these patients are monitored through COPD management programs, the likely of reducing hospital readmissions and associated healthcare costs is slim.

Telehealth has been shown to improve COPD management programs.Patients with COPD may suffer recurrent exacerbations, with a worsening of symptoms and reduction in lung function that may not be recovered in a small proportion of patients. Long-term chronic disease self-management is an extremely important skill that patients and family members need to learn. The adoption of lifestyle changes and new health habits is also important to improving the quality of life for patients with COPD.

Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ COPD management programs empowers patients to care for their own disease and engage more efficiently with their healthcare providers. Our remote patient monitoring program has seen significant improvement for patient populations and includes:

  • A telehealth device in the home
  • Daily monitoring of vital signs
  • Individualized coaching
  • Timely patient education
  • Medication compliance
  • A specialized clinical team trained in chronic disease management

The Advanced TeleHealth Solutions ehealth program addresses the reasons self-management of the disease fails.

Our Approach to COPD Management Programs

Timely transfer of clinical data alerts Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ monitoring staff that patients with COPD are starting to exacerbate. Typically, symptoms worsen for three to five days before an exacerbation needs treatment, so this window of opportunity can lead to earlier interventions and reduced hospitalizations. The aim of COPD management programs is to improve symptoms, avoiding hospital admissions or reducing length of stay. Through education, coaching, and medical monitoring, Advanced TeleHealth Solutions can work with employees, patients and the at-risk population to manage and prevent health issues related to COPD.

Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ COPD management programs support patients with home diagnostics for monitoring of their disease, but more importantly, management, prevention, and lifestyle changes advised by our team of medical professionals.

Program Participant Results

Our program has seen results such as lessening the need for home visits, allowing better use of limited staff time and resources without compromising care. Through one-on-one coaching, our program has also improved patients’ knowledge and motivated them to change behaviors that help them manage their illness. Education combined with telemonitoring provides people the comfort level to feel more secure with this disease while staying in their home.

Who Would Benefit from Telehealth Management?

Anyone with a new or chronic diagnosis of  COPD could benefit from education on their disease process, medications, and regular monitoring via an ehealth program.

Interested in participating or learning more about Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ COPD management programs? Call 888-812-0888 or contact us here.

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The numbers from Advanced TeleHealth Solutions shows significant reductions in emergency room visits and re-hospitalizations, particularly for high-dollar patients.
Dr. Roy W. Holand
I don’t go to the hospital now because I’m able to check my vitals daily and I’m not afraid. I could barely function before, and now I feel safe. The staff is never in a hurry, never too busy for me. It’s a comfort to know that they are watching out for me. It’s like having a whole bunch of friends around all the time.
Vickie Stark
Telemonitoring has been very helpful. In the past, anytime a patient had a problem with blood pressure or a medicine had to be changed, it was very difficult to monitor, and many times we had to bring the patient back to the clinic or we had a nurse go check their blood pressure. Since telemonitoring, it’s really been very convenient, especially for the patients.
Dr. Ovais Zubair
By carefully monitoring the patient several times a day, Advanced TeleHealth Solutions could tell when it was time to make a home visit and administer care. As a result, the patient was much more comfortable and the home visits saved a trip to the hospital. With the budget crisis in the state of Missouri involving Medicaid state management, telemonitoring is such an inexpensive alternative to multiple trips to the emergency room or doctor’s office.
Jan Pelkey