1. Activating the ‘frequent fliers’
Connected technology like telehealth can help healthcare organizations reduce utilization in the highest utilizer or ‘frequent flier’ population. A review study confirmed that remote monitoring that employs telemedicine and other connected devices can help clinicians detect small changes in health metrics for those living at home with chronic conditions like stroke, heart failure and pulmonary disease. For example, small weight gains in someone with heart failure can signal disease exacerbation; using an ecosystem of connected devices, clinicians can quickly intervene through telehealth or other cost-effective measures to help prevent an ER visit or hospitalization.
Technology also can play a role in activating those with severe mental health issues to better self-manage their disease.
2. Activating the rising risk population
To activate the people in this rising risk group to better health, a robust analytics platform can help you accurately target and activate those who have or are at risk for conditions like metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Studies have found that even small changes in weight can significantly reduce risk. This population can be activated to make lifestyle changes supported by a care team or by using technology-enabled employee programs. Providers can also activate them to take appropriate preventive measures such as aspirin therapy, smoking cessation and/or statins.
Statin treatment can significantly reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in select populations. Newer guidelines recommend using low to moderate doses of statins in adults ages 40 to 75 without a history of cardiovascular disease but with at least a 10% risk of having a cardiovascular event in 10 years.
3. Activating the healthy population
For the healthier subgroup, a robust PHM program that incorporates evidence-based prevention programs, supported by connected devices and solutions, can help you activate the healthier subgroup to stay healthier longer. Programs that include support for weight loss or maintenance, healthy habits like exercise and good nutrition, and human and digital coaching can help people avoid or reduce their risk of common metabolic or cardiovascular diseases.