Posts Tagged ‘mHealth’

Infographic: Hospital mHealth Apps Failing

March 30th, 2016 by Melanie Matthews

Most mobile health apps developed by hospitals are failing to win over patients, according to a report by Accenture.

A new infographic by Digital Splash Media highlights the results from the Accenture report including details on app utilization and functionality.

2016 Healthcare Benchmarks: Digital HealthDigital health, also referred to as ‘connected health,’ leverages technology to help identify, track and manage health problems and challenges faced by patients. Person-centric health management is slowly acknowledging the device-driven lives of patients and health plan members and incorporating these tools into care delivery and management efforts.

2016 Healthcare Benchmarks: Digital Health examines program goals, platforms, components, development strategies, target populations and health conditions, patient engagement metrics, results and challenges reported by healthcare organizations responding to the February 2016 Digital Health survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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Infographic: Who’s Using mHealth and Wearable Technologies?

February 15th, 2016 by Melanie Matthews

Who's Using mHealth and Wearable Technologies?While wearable fitness trackers (such as Fitbit and Garmin) are becoming more common, they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

Mobile health devices that monitor glucose, blood pressure, ECG, BMI and more are now available, although few use them and many are unaware they exist at all, according to a new infographic by Kantar Health.

The infographic examines demographic information on wearable device users and awareness of devices by individuals with certain chronic conditions.

Despite reimbursement challenges, the healthcare industry is charged up about remote patient monitoring to manage chronic illness: two-thirds of respondents to HIN’s 2015 Telehealth and Telemedicine survey monitor high-risk patients in this fashion. Encouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Infographic: What Makes a Successful mHealth App?

December 30th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

With over 10,000 medical apps available today, only 28 percent of smartphone users have reported to be very satisfied with the overall mHealth app quality and experience, according to a new infographic by Vigyanix.

The infographic details the components of a successful mHealth app and the pitfalls to avoid.

Despite reimbursement challenges, the healthcare industry is charged up about remote patient monitoring to manage chronic illness: two-thirds of respondents to HIN’s 2015 Telehealth and Telemedicine survey monitor high-risk patients in this fashion. Encouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Infographic: Delivering Quality Care Through Remote Patient Monitoring

September 30th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

With remote patient monitoring, patients can share vital healthcare information using mobile devices at anytime from anywhere.

A new infographic from Vigyanix looks at expected growth in the remote patient monitoring market, the major players in the remote monitoring space, how remote patient monitoring can be used to improve healthcare delivery and the barriers to implementation.

Delivering Quality Care Through Remote Patient Monitoring

Recent market data on telehealth in general and the patient-centered medical home in particular identified home health monitoring as a key care coordination strategy for individuals with complex illnesses as well as a host of vulnerable populations.

2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Remote Patient Monitoring delivers a comprehensive set of metrics from more than 100 healthcare organizations on current practices in and ramifications of remote monitoring for care management of chronic illness, the frail elderly and remote populations.

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Infographic: Mobility Management

September 7th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

To maximize patient benefits, and clinician effectiveness, a healthcare organization’s mobility platform must take into account all technologies that impact and support enterprise mobility, according to a new infographic by CDW Healthcare.

The infographic illustrates how healthcare organizations should take a multi-layer approach for an effective mobile strategy.

Mobility Management

Telemedicine and E-Health Services, Policies, and Applications: Advancements and DevelopmentsCombining electronic communication and information technology with healthcare practices, e-health promises access to health information, diagnosis, treatment, and care to patients who may “enter” and interact with the system in new ways.

Telemedicine and E-Health Services, Policies, and Applications: Advancements and Developments offers a comprehensive and integrated approach to telemedicine by collecting e-health experiences and applications from around the world and by exploring developments and trends in medical informatics. Researchers and professionals in health management, medicine, nursing, and medical informatics will find discussions of critical issues in the emerging field of e-health. The book also introduces innovative concepts and services at the leading edge of healthcare and information technology, which may enable a safer, higher quality, more equitable and sustainable health system.

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Infographic: Meeting 2015 Healthcare Goals with Mobile Technology

July 24th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

While the use of mobile technology can improve healthcare systems, healthcare organizations are still evaluating the ROI and whether they can overcome key barriers to mobile patient engagement, according to a new infographic by CGS.

The infographic looks at the top priorities for healthcare organizations and the role mobile can play in addressing these priorities.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based SystemEncouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Infographic: What Makes a Successful mHealth App?

July 10th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

With over 10,000 medical apps available today, only 28 percent of smartphone users have reported to be very satisfied with the overall mhealth app quality and experience, according to a new infographic by Vigyanix.

The infographic examines the components of a successful mHealth app and the pitfalls to avoid.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based SystemEncouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Infographic: The Realities of Patient Engagement

April 8th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Mobile health apps have the ability to help improve patient engagement and the patient experience, according to a new infographic Boston Technology.

The infographic examines the gaps in patient engagement and how mobile apps can close those gaps.

Population Health Framework: 27 Strategies to Drive Engagement, Access & Risk StratificationFaith-based integrated delivery system Adventist Health is on a mission to improve population health status with a wellness-based approach it estimates will eventually net $49 million in savings.

Population Health Framework: 27 Strategies to Drive Engagement, Access & Risk Stratification walks through the elements of Adventist’s population health management program that engages individuals to modify behaviors and prevent illness in the future.

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Infographic: mHealth Apps

March 30th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Mobile health apps are changing the way doctors and their patients approach medicine and health issues. Some 86 percent of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will increase their knowledge of their patients’ conditions and 46 percent believe app will improve the doctor-patient relationship, according to a new infographic by Research Now.

The infographic highlights results from a Research Now survey of healthcare professionals and health app users, including details on how mhealth apps can help patients and expected adoption rates.

2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Remote Patient MonitoringRecent market data on telehealth in general and the patient-centered medical home in particular identified home health monitoring as a key care coordination strategy for individuals with complex illnesses as well as a host of vulnerable populations.

2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Remote Patient Monitoring delivers a comprehensive set of metrics from more than 100 healthcare organizations on current practices in and ramifications of remote monitoring for care management of chronic illness, the frail elderly and remote populations.

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Countering 5 Remote Monitoring Cautions in Face of mHealth Uncertainty

March 24th, 2015 by Cheryl Miller

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Physician champions and legislative advocates can spur remote patient monitoring success.

Physician skepticism about mHealth is a frequently cited barrier to implementing remote monitoring. But once physicians understand they can allot in-person visits for those who truly need them, then use their other time remotely monitoring other patients to wellness, they might be more willing to buy in to mHealth.

It’s all about educating the physician, advises Dr. Luke Webster, vice president, chief medical information officer, CHRISTUS Health, who shared how CHRISTUS responded to these challenges during its remote patient monitoring pilot.

  • Unclear ROI: There are always questions around ROI. We look at pre-implementation costs and pre-enrollment costs versus post-costs, including all project costs. What does that ROI mean for your organization?
  • Limited Resources: With care transitions, we took remote patient monitoring and put it on top of the care transitions program. That added additional responsibilities to the already busy workflow process. Whether you’re looking at an E-Hub model or expanding these programs into other areas of your organization, it’s important to review that budget up front. What’s expected of your outcome goals? How will you do that from a day-to-day process and biweekly performance outcomes and measures so you meet that targeted overall outcome, whether it’s reducing length of stay, cost of care, or 30-day readmissions?

    You want all of that to match. Your resources have to be identified upfront. We have been very fortunate to have our providers as champions. They buy into it; they understand it. They didn’t buy into it initially because the nurse coach thought it necessary to make that patient home visit. Sometimes it is. But she has found, with these tools, that she can better do that from her office and manage more patients.

  • Physician Skepticism: It is important to understand your champions, your available resources, backup, etc., when issues come up and you need those resources. We’re finding — and statistics state this — that physicians are still more comfortable doing face-to-face visits. Keeping those patients healthier and at home means we’re keeping them out of the facilities. The physicians and primary care providers may have some skepticism regarding that as well. They have less hands-on training with the equipment so perhaps don’t fully understand the opportunity for them to fill clinic days with patients that are truly in need of an appointment that day versus monitoring others who can be coached to wellness at home.

    It’s about educating physicians, finding those champions and engaging them in the overall process and direction of our health system.

  • Reimbursement Regulations: You need an advocate who can speak for you, represent what you’re doing, and prove the value both at a state and federal level. That should be an ongoing process and on your calendar monthly: identifying and calling your state or federal representative.
  • Rising Technology Costs: This is a booming area; vendors can’t get their products out fast enough. When you set up a budget for a program like this and look to initiate a pilot or expansion, you must look at all technology costs—not only for hardware but for software, upgrades and required support. Do you go through a third party vendor, and do you lease or purchase your equipment? When do you purchase the equipment? Just from our original pilot in late 2012 to today, we’ve seen some changes in technology. If your kits are organized to fit that original technology, how will that change 18 months later, and what will be the cost of adjusting the kits (for example, Styrofoam, boxes, etc.)?

    All of that will change. Look at those technology costs and related issues as you move forward and have a plan to how best recycle that kit.

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    Luke Webster, MD, is vice president and chief medical information officer of CHRISTUS Health. Dr. Webster has over 20 years of clinical and health informatics experience. He specializes in health informatics and physician leadership, clinician adoption and change leadership, clinical transformation, evidence-based medicine, clinical analytics and process improvement.

    Source: Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management