Posts Tagged ‘remote patient monitoring’

Infographic: Drivers of Remote Patient Monitoring

June 21st, 2017 by Melanie Matthews

Improving care, enhancing patient satisfaction and cost savings are just a few of the drivers of remote patient monitoring, according to statistics cited in a new infographic by CRF Health.

The infographic examines how remote patient monitoring achieves these goals.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System 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: Empowered Digital Patients

November 18th, 2016 by Melanie Matthews

Today’s empowered digital patients desire smarter, more connected care, according to a new infographic by CDW Healthcare.

The infographic examines the technology making the rounds across healthcare settings to deliver value to patients and providers.

Empowered Digital Patients

Real-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all remotely monitored patients, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN).

Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care Management profiles a successful eight-year initiative by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s (NYCHHC) House Calls Telehealth Program that significantly lowered patients’ A1C blood glucose levels.

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Infographic: Using Big Data To Save Lives

October 5th, 2015 by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare organizations are challenged by the large amounts of healthcare data they collect, according to a new infographic by IBM.

The infographic examines the amount of data that healthcare organizations receive and the potential for that data to save lives.

Using Big Data To Save Lives

From home sensors that track daily motion and sleep abnormalities to video visits via teleconferencing, Humana’s nine pilots of remote patient monitoring test technologies to keep the frail elderly at home as long as possible. When integrated with telephonic care management, remote monitoring has helped to avert medical emergencies and preventable hospitalizations among individuals with serious medical and functional challenges.

In Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population, Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana’s care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge, reviews Humana’s expanded continuum of care aimed at improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction and reducing overall healthcare costs with a more holistic approach.

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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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Telehealth, Wearables Tighten Provider-Patient Connection

June 16th, 2015 by Patricia Donovan

Remote monitoring of high-risk individuals engages patients in self-care of chronic illness.

It’s become a mantra in healthcare: “Meet patients where they are.”

The emergent field of telehealth helps to make this a reality. Almost two-thirds of respondents to this year’s Telehealth and Telemedicine Survey have a direct connection to patients and health plan members in their homes via remote monitoring—a vital telehealth strategy for management of high-risk, high-cost populations that continues to surge in popularity.

Our fourth comprehensive Telehealth survey captured dozens of data points and trends, including how the use of ‘vintage’ tools like fax machines and land lines for telehealth delivery has given way to wireless and smart phone technologies patients carry on their person 24/7. Wireless telehealth applications jumped 13 percent in two years, respondents tell us, while telemedicine smart phone apps increased by 10 percent.

And let us not forget the wearables: 26 percent of healthcare respondents embrace this category of personal devices that are buckled or strapped onto the individuals whose care they manage and programmed to transmit health and fitness data. We can only speculate how the Apple® Watch, with its three rings that provide a visual snapshot of the wearer’s daily activity, will impact wearables metrics once the device debuts this summer.

High-tech obsessions and gadget-heads aside, telehealth live-streams care to populations needing it most: rural residents requiring specialist diagnostics but perhaps lacking the means or time to travel to the office of an orthopedist or a dermatologist, two specialties that participate in a groundbreaking multi-specialty telehealth collaborative in California.

Though telehealth faces a bandwidth worth of barriers, not the least of which are reimbursement and physician engagement, it’s exciting to visualize what this year’s respondents have in store for populations they serve. If the plans they shared come to fruition, telehealth in 2015 will variously link veterans, the mentally ill, women with high-risk pregnancies, pediatric patients and even employees at work sites to a hub of remote services designed to integrate care and boost population health outcomes.

Stay tuned.

Source: 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine

Telehealth & Telemedicine

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine delivers actionable new telehealth metrics on technologies, program components, successes and ROI from 115 healthcare organizations. This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives, with historical perspective from 2009 to present.

Overcoming ‘Clinical Inertia’ and 7 Other Barriers to Remote Patient Monitoring

February 26th, 2015 by Cheryl Miller

It’s important to identify potential barriers from both patients and providers before implementing a telehealth program, says Susan Lehrer, RN, CDE, associate executive director of the telehealth office for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC), because both groups need to change behaviors. Resistance to change is universal, and if you’re changing any kind of work flow or communication, there will be initial resistance.

  • Slow buy-in and some resistance by clinicians (referrals).
  • Clinicians concerned with appearance of decreased productivity.
  • Resistance to change in clinic work flow.
  • Inability to “integrate” Web site data and electronic medical records (EMRs).
  • Language and literacy.
  • Complexity of chronic disease management.
  • Lack of protocols for use of email in coordination of care.
  • Not all clinicians utilize secure email system.
  • Source: Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care Management

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    Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care Management profiles a successful eight-year initiative by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s (NYCHHC) House Calls Telehealth Program that significantly lowered patients’ A1C blood glucose levels. Susan Lehrer, RN, BSN, CDE, associate executive director of the telehealth office for NYCHHC, shares key aspects of the real-time monitoring program, including how the program blends telehealth, electronic medical records, electronic communication with providers and direct communication with patients by nurse case managers, and much more.

    11 Statistics About Remote Patient Monitoring

    December 23rd, 2014 by Cheryl Miller

    Remote monitoring of individuals with multiple chronic conditions reduced hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted disease self-management for nearly all of these monitored patients, according to the 119 respondents who participated in the Healthcare Intelligence Network’s inaugural survey on Remote Patient Monitoring in March 2014. Other targets of a remote monitoring strategy included frequent utilizers of hospitals and emergency rooms (ERs) (62 percent) and the recently discharged (52 percent).

    Following are seven more statistics from the Remote Patient Monitoring survey:

    • Fifty percent of respondents rely on specific diagnoses sets to identify candidates for remote monitoring.
    • More than a quarter of respondents (27 percent) target the frail and/or home-bound with remote monitoring programs.
    • Reimbursement for remote monitoring, followed by the education of patients in this technology, were identified by respondents as the chief challenges of these remote care management efforts.
    • Two-thirds of respondents said remote monitoring reduced bed days.
    • Telephonic case management is a component of remote monitoring efforts for 71 percent of 2014 respondents.
    • About a third of respondents report the use of either a Web interface or a dedicated mHealth app to supplement remote monitoring.
    • A patient-centered touch, such as a follow-up phone reminder to use a monitoring device or a personal coaching session, was frequently cited as a noteworthy supplement to remote monitoring technology.

    Source: 2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Remote Patient Monitoring

    http://hin.3dcartstores.com/2014-Healthcare-Benchmarks-Remote-Patient-Monitoring_p_4868.html

    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.

    Humana Remote Monitoring Tools Assess Frail Elderly with Functional Limitations

    November 18th, 2014 by Patricia Donovan

    In nine separate pilots of remote patient monitoring, Humana is testing technologies to keep the frail elderly safe and healthy within their homes for as long as possible. Here, Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana’s care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge, reviews some of the tools and challenges of remote care management of individuals experiencing difficulties with activities of daily living (ADL).

    Question: What assessment tools do you use to measure functional limitations and ADLs?

    (Gail Miller): Besides the Charleston Frailty Index, we have a proprietarily developed tool that was started with Green Ribbon Health that manages all of the functional capabilities. That is the one that we use to help scale people. We also use the PH12 and the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA), as well as a couple of other assessment tools. It will often depend on how the person is presenting, but our primary assessment tool for functionality is the mDAT, which we developed internally.

    Question: How does Humana define ‘frail’?

    (Gail Miller): We use the clinical definition of frail — people more likely to fall, unable to keep their balance, on various medications, etc.

    Question: How do you coordinate care for the functionally challenged?

    (Gail Miller): If someone is having problems falling in their home, we will send our care managers into the home to do a fall and safety assessment, and then we will work with that member to complete the actions on the plan and to try and make their home safer for them to be able to move around in. If the person is having issues with their balance for example, and it isn’t due to the construction of their home or the way items are placed there, then we will get them to the appropriate provider so that they can be assessed, and see if there are things that we can do to improve on that.

    In that case, we would not only be taking them to one of our providers, but also getting them enrolled in one of our Silver Sneakers classes, which is a class we offer that focuses specifically on balance and core strengths.

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    Gail Miller is vice president of clinical telephonic operations for Humana Cares, the complex care and chronic management arm of Humana, Inc. Her responsibilities include the oversight of the complex and chronic care programs provided telephonically to members of Humana.

    Source: Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population

    6 Criteria for Remote Patient Monitoring Applications in Managed Care

    July 10th, 2014 by Cheryl Miller

    Among the six criteria that Humana uses to evaluate vendors for remote patient monitoring applications are reducing medical costs and generating a positive ROI at a program level, says Gail Miller, vice president of telephonic clinical operations in Humana’s care management organization, Humana Cares/SeniorBridge. Applicants have a tough bar to pass, because programs not only have to work, they have to work better on those already being care managed.

    First, we put together criteria for what we wanted to do in a managed care application. We were looking at reducing medical cost and generating positive return on investments (ROIs) at a program level. Our studies are more difficult to set up because all these people are under care management. Whenever anyone is going to work with us, they have to understand that they have a tough bar to pass, because not only does the program have to work, it also has to work better on someone who is already being care managed. We are looking for that incremental lift that we could get from remote monitoring.

    Everything has to be customer friendly and easily adaptable to our members’ lifestyles. We want our members to feel rewarded by their efforts to monitor their health. We want to involve the members, physicians, caregivers and families so that everybody in the care circle is included, and we want to test with little disruption to our large organization.

    We have more than 2,000 nurses and social workers on the telephone. This is something that you have to consider to introduce new pieces of technology, in addition to considering how you are going to put it into your operational stream. We have been able to do that. We decided to move forward with this new care management model using all of the tools that we had and to extend our reach by using remote monitoring.

    We were specifically looking for remote monitoring technology to help our members manage their conditions, to reduce hospitalizations, and to improve their consumer experience. We have nine remote monitoring care management pilots underway. We have a tenth pilot that is in development. People have to consent to both care management for Humana Cares as well participation for the pilot.

    The member selection for our remote monitoring program was based on complex clinical analysis. There was no additional cost to our members to participate in these pilots, and the equipment that we use is considered a loan to the member for the duration of the pilot or as long as they are members of Humana if that pilot is rolled out.

    Excerpted from: Remote Patient Monitoring for Enhanced Care Coordination: Technology to Manage an Aging Population.

    Infographic: The Growing Industry, Effects of mHealth

    April 11th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

    mHealth is currently a $1.3 billion industry that is expected to reach $20 billion by 2018, according to a new infographic from Mobile Future and Infield Health.

    This infographic shows savings attributed to remote patient monitoring and medication adherence resulting from mHealth. It also assesses how mobile tools are transforming healthcare as more Americans, including healthcare providers, adopt mobile devices and wireless connectivity, and more.

    Learn more about mHealth in 2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Mobile Health, which delivers a snapshot of mHealth trends, including current and planned mHealth initiatives, types and purpose of mHealth interventions, targeted populations and health conditions, and challenges, impact and results from mHealth efforts. This 50-page resource provides selected metrics on the use of mHealth for medication adherence, health coaching and population health management programs.

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