EHRs, Remote Monitoring Essential to Management of Chronic Illness

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Good news last month for 62 regional extension centers (RECs) helping healthcare providers with adoption of electronic health records (EHRs): the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT expanded from two years to four years the time period in which it will pick up the tab for most of the centers’ costs.

This announcement coincided with the release of our 2011 healthcare performance benchmarks in telehealth, in which EHRs topped the list of non-clinical telehealth applications. And as you’ll see in this issue’s Chart of the Week, more than two-thirds of 2010 survey respondents monitor patients and health plan members remotely. Likely candidates are those with heart failure, diabetes or COPD; their weight, vital signs and medication adherence are the top activities monitored at a distance.

Telephonic health advice lines top the list of clinical applications for telehealth. Optima Health has had great success with its after-hours nurse advice line. Read more on how this phone line has reduced avoidable healthcare utilization.

Click here for a complimentary summary of 2010 telehealth benchmarks.

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