Driving the effectiveness of care

 

Telehealth and telemonitoring, originally intended for patients who lived far from their treatment facilities, is now increasingly being used to improve the treatment and management of chronic diseases like COPD.

In fact, according to the Health Intelligence Network, many of today’s telemedicine programs have been specifically developed for patients with  COPD.1 For example:

44%

of telehealth-telemedicine programs across all healthcare providers target COPD1

67%

of hospital-health system programs include COPD1

Karen Thomas, President of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, says a properly designed and integrated telehealth program can help you:2

Keep track of symptoms that worsen quickly or unexpectedly
Prompt patients to report the quality of their breathing
Monitor vital signs taken with at-home devices that upload results to an integrated telehealth system
Enable real-time adjustments to treatment
Raise red flags so the care team can contact the patient and caregiver, initiate video consultations, or schedule an office visit
Provide treatment and care directly in patients’ homes, which can be an important benefit for those physically restricted by COPD symptoms

Driving the efficiency of care

 

Telehealth isn’t just improving the quality of care, but also reducing the cost of it.

In the article, 5 Ways Telemedicine is Reducing the Cost of Healthcare,     written by Steff Deschenes for Healthcare Finance News, telemedicine can enable3:

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Highly trained professionals to work as a pooled resource

Technology: Remote analysis services, such as telepathology

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Patients who would typically be monitored as inpatients to be observed from home

Technology: Remote monitoring

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Patients to have televisits with nurses and primary care physicians, to avoid unnecessary and costly ED visits

Technology: At-home triage services

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Providers to accept patients based on availability to reduce unused capacity and, in some cases, pass savings on to their patients

Technology: Telemedicine appointments

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Care teams to intervene early on, before a crisis occurs

Technology: mHealth monitoring