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Telehealth Monitoring

Advanced TeleHealth Solutions is a leader in telehealth monitoring solutions, partnering with leading telemedicine and ehealth providers to create a unique platform that serves an expansive number of organizations and businesses, including home health agencies, hospitals, accountable care organizations, disease management organizations, corporate wellness programs, insurance companies, risk-prone industries, and more.

Our telehealth monitoring service is scalable and delivers actionable and timely information from patients’ homes. With data being provided from the patient to the provider, access and outcomes improve and costs are reduced. We customize the telehealth monitoring objectives and work flows to meet your needs, as well as the needs of your patients, producing an improved patient experience and better outcomes.

Telehealth Monitoring is Better Healthcare

The potential impact of telehealth monitoring is nothing less than better healthcare for all. That’s because, in addition to conquering distance for rural patients, access for patients in motion, incomplete records for patients with multiple providers – and a host of other obstacles that used to be considered “facts” of life – telehealth monitoring tunes up prevention and frees up facility space for patients who really need it.

Patients who’ve put telehealth monitoring to work experience more frequent communication with physicians and other caregivers, better “condition-awareness,” fewer unexpected or urgent care incidents – and many see their overall healthcare costs go down as a result.

Telehealth monitoring ushers in a new era of cost-effectiveness by encouraging preventative medicine, interrupting illnesses before they become more severe, and by helping keep treatment proportional, with more up-to-date communication.

The Time for Remote Patient Monitoring is Now

Telehealth monitoring grew from applying digital tools we take for granted in other areas of our lives. Email, text messaging, wireless and mobile platforms, instant photo transmission, and two-way video have not only served our lifestyles in the 21st Century, they have in many ways shaped those lifestyles.

Adding momentum to this trend is our aging population, an increase in chronic diseases, and an infrastructure that was built for a younger society.

That sets up a squeeze that drives much of the historic increase in healthcare costs. The National Health Statistics Group shows per-capita health care spending rocketed from $147 per person in 1960 to $8,402 per person in 2010. And indications are that the growth is even steeper from 2010 to today than it was in the ten years prior.

So the impact of telehealth monitoring on cost may be as much needed as the improvement it brings to the convenience and effectiveness of patient care.

Helping Patients Live Better

One demonstration of better patient outcomes through telehealth monitoring and intervention was our own six-month study of patients with congestive heart failure. The patients with telehealth intervention on their side experienced 50% fewer six-month hospitalizations and 73% fewer 30-day hospitalizations, compared with the control group.

In addition to the improved care that telehealth monitoring provides, patients find that convenience goes up and costs go down. They need to visit the doctors’ office far less frequently. And when they do seek care in-person, the solutions are easier because the answer is timelier.

Patients with limited access to a care facility – whether because of rural location or travel – get far better access to care; a big head-start in condition-awareness when they do seek treatment is a bonus that comes from being in continual touch through telehealth monitoring.

Providers reach better outcomes for patients by using the benefits of telehealth monitoring. These providers develop more cost-effective and efficient delivery systems, too, by overcoming distance, time and limited locations with the normal tools of the digital age.

A large study of 300,000 California Public Employees’ Retirement System members using telehealth services found that participants were less likely to require follow-up visits for a condition similar to the original, presenting condition. Only six percent of telehealth participants required such visits, compared with 13 percent who visited an office and 20% who visited an ER.

The California study did not aggregate total savings among the participants, but the per-visit cost of services was certainly less than that of care in other environments. The study noted, too, that patients had access on weekends and holidays – without requiring the staff, facilities and overhead of conventional resources.

Raising Standards Through Telehealth Monitoring

The growing impact of telehealth monitoring and the results achieved with it are both colossal. It promises to take its place as a powerful part of overcoming the challenges of health care today – aging population, chronic disease, limited facilities and uneven deployment of assets.

Matching the tools of the digital age to these challenges calls for fresh thinking, diligent design and determined utilization. The good news is that this vast transformation is already under way and is already delivering substantial results. Just consider the major benefits of telehealth monitoring.

1. Telehealth Monitoring Promotes Self-Care

This, in fact, is the primary goal of telehealth – to promote health education among patients and encourage self-management of care. A telehealth program that includes a URAC-accredited health call center can help patients become active participants in their care by answering diagnosis-specific questions daily, offering advice and counseling on lifestyle modification for improved outcomes, and providing education on disease management.

2. Telehealth Monitoring Increases Access to Care

Many patients with chronic conditions live in remote locations where access to a provider can be difficult. Many times, these patients require costly home health visits. Telehealth monitoring, however, allows a clinical team to remotely monitor of a full range of chronic diseases and conditions through the use of home-based digital technology. Telehealth monitoring improves the care for patients in communities who might not otherwise have access to care.

3. The Clinical Team Can Catch Health Problems Early

Telehealth monitoring, also referred to as remote patient monitoring, includes technology that transmits important patient information – such as glucose and oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and weight – to the clinical call center. As this information is collected and analyzed, the healthcare team is automatically alerted to changes in health status and potential health issues. This early-warning system allows the care team to intervene and take action before a patient’s condition worsens and requires urgent or emergency medical attention.

4. Telehealth Monitoring Saves Time and Money

Studies have shown that chronic care management accounts for about 75 percent of U.S. healthcare costs. Through telehealth monitoring, small changes in a patient’s health status can be identified and managed much sooner, which can prevent expensive emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and readmission. What’s more, the amount of travel required to obtain treatment can also be reduced, which saves additional expenses. This, in turn, can positively impact patient satisfaction.

Other Benefits

While the four benefits listed above are, arguably, the most significant benefits of any telehealth monitoring program, there are many others. Here are a few:

  • Patients with chronic diseases are able to keep their independence longer.
  • Reminders can be sent directly to the patient or to family members regarding doctor appointments or when it is time to take medication.
  • In many cases, in-office physician appointments can be eliminated, as telehealth monitoring can provide the physician with all necessary information with which to manage the care plan.
  • Some programs, such as Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, are very easy for the patient to set up and can even be brought on vacation. This allows patients to travel with confidence knowing that their medical information will still be available to a hospital or unfamiliar doctor if there is a medical concern while they are away from home.
  • Family members and other caregivers can also be involved directly in the care plans, receiving notifications of specific health concerns as requested.
  • Patients can save money by no longer needing a full-time caregiver.

Properly implemented, telehealth monitoring can expand access to quality healthcare, improve health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, save time and money, and, perhaps most important, give patients peace of mind.

Additional Resources

Download the Chronic Heart Failure Study white paper.

Chronic Heart Failure Study White Paper

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Download the Advanced TeleHealth Solutions corporate brochure and learn more about telehealth monitoring

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Download the Patient Follow-Up Study white paper.

Patient Follow-Up Study White Paper

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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