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Cardiac care pathways that may lower healthcare costs

Cardiac care pathways that may lower healthcare costs

Keeping people healthy at home has become a greater priority for health systems since the reimbursement system began rewarding providers for shifting care to lower cost settings and penalizing them for ‘avoidable’ readmissions and utilization. For people living with a chronic disease or returning home after hospital treatment, connected health technology can support recovery or a necessary change of lifestyle.

Telehealth and care management programs can help lower costs within the hospital walls as well as provide ongoing care to keep patients healthier in their homes. One example is the eIAC ambulatory telehealth program for elderly people living with multiple chronic conditions, which is built upon a population management software platform designed for monitoring and delivering care to the most complex patients at home.


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Optimizing the length of stay in cardiology

Cardiovascular care delivery no longer hinges on individual department performance but on building bridges and bridging gaps that exist among providers, between sites, and across time. Read how we are partnering with hospitals to design and build new business and care models, to innovate care and manage risk.
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“The ultrasound provides critical information for the diagnosis of cardiac patients so treatment can be promptly optimized and, potentially, the length of hospital stay can be reduced.”


Alexandra Gonçalves, MD, PhD. Senior Medical Director of Cardiology
Philips Ultrasound Business Group

Solutions for cardiovascular care pathways

Develop an IDN-wide operational strategy


Align the right clinical staff, resources and equipment to the ideal facilities and locations for greater efficiencies in care delivery.


increase in case volume and 376% improvement in contribution margins1

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Centralize the availability of multimodality diagnostic tools with a cardiovascular software platform so IDNs can provide advanced diagnostic imaging to the right physicians where and when they need them, by providing different tools to different departments, when multiple departments might report on the same modality.
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A common platform and similar user interfaces on a cardiovascular ultrasound system helps reduce training for staff and productivity loss for clinicians and sonographers moving within an IDN, and large and small healthcare networks with satellite facilities.
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Combining A/V technology, predictive analytics, data visualization and advanced reporting capabilities, a tele-ICU program can consolidate and standardize care, reduce transfers while maximizing bed utilization, reducing costs while enhancing revenues, patient flow and capacity management across the system.

Direct patients from the earliest interventions


With clinical insights and data at the start, patients can be channeled to the care setting that is most appropriate and most efficient.

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Emergency care monitors with predictive tools show the probability that the patient is experiencing acute ischemia. ECG data is sent  to the hospital care team, enabling a fast, confident diagnosis.
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Point-of-care mobile ultrasound combines a handheld compatible smart device with transducer technology to enable quality cardiac imaging on a device you can take with you anywhere, for portability without compromise in image quality.

Connect across multiple care pathways


Out-of-hospital diagnostic and care settings can improve not only operational efficiency but the overall patient experience.

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Deliver diagnostic care in an office-based lab environment featuring monitoring, ultrasound, X-ray, diagnostics and therapeutic devices—along with customized training programs, resources and services— for all of your OBL and OBL-ASL hybrid cases.
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Population health analytics and care management programs can monitor and support patients in lower acuity facilities and at home, including predictive analytics that can alert for possible readmissions within 30 days of discharge. 
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At home, patient reported outcomes surveys give an overview of a patient’s current condition and comparison with previous results, as well as normative values, so care providers can monitor data and change the patient’s treatment plan.

Reducing hospital visits and lowering costs


The Philips Intensive Ambulatory Care (IAC) telehealth program helps Banner Heath reduce hospital visits for its many cardiovascular patients, which has a huge impact on the overall cost of care.

The problem

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5% of patients accounted for
50% of total healthcare expenditures

The telehealth solution

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34.5% reduction in overall costs of care
$109M+ saved

Source: Department of Heath and Human Services (2008-2009) and Dahl D. Kuharana MD (2015)

*Results are specific to the institution where they were obtained and may not reflect the results achievable at other institutions.

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Addressing adverse events on the
general ward at Saratoga Hospital


Research has shown that 66%2 of cardiac arrest patients show signs and symptoms up to 6 hours prior to an event but physicians are only notified 25% of the time. The solution at Saratoga Hospital was installation of Philips IntelliVue Guardian Solution, an automated early warning scoring (EWS) system that can aid clinicians in identifying subtle signs of deterioration in a patient’s condition, hours before a potential adverse event occurs3.

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Integrated cardiology in action, at every patient touch point


See how connected solutions can help care providers make more informed decisions faster, guide patients into the most appropriate settings, and ultimately deliver improved cardiac care >

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1 Lilly CM,  Motzkus C, Rincon T, et al.  ICU Telemedicine Program Financial Outcomes. Chest.

2 Franklin C, Mathew J. Developing strategies to prevent in hospital cardiac arrest: analyzing responses of physicians and nurses in the hours before the event. Crit Care Med. 1994;22(2):244-247

3 Results are specific to the institution where they were obtained and may not reflect the results achievable at other institutions.

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