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According to a recent study published in Population Health Management, the Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) telemonitoring program has shown to significantly reduced hospital readmissions and cost of care for patients diagnosed with heart failure.
“When remote monitoring processes are threaded into existing complex heart failure best practices, members with congestive heart failure (CHF) can expect to see significantly lower utilization and cost than with case management alone,” according to Jonathan Shankman, senior vice president, clinical innovation, AMC Health, a telehealth solutions provider.
The telemonitoring program incorporates Bluetooth scales with Interactive Voice Response (IVR) solutions from Advanced Monitored Caregiving (AMC Health), which improved the efficiency of care managers and delivered a significant return on investment. The savings amounted to approximately 11% per patient per month.
According to Shankman, “daily weights were collected from Bluetooth scales that automatically transmit weight patterns to the cloud and solicit symptom information through regular automated IVR telephone calls. Both processes can issue real-time alerts to remote care managers, helping them prioritize which members need their attention first, dramatically extending the reach and productive capacity of the constrained team.”
The study shows that at least 1/5 of all hospitalizations are for people over the age of 65. Heart failure costs the nation an estimated $32 billion each year. This total includes the cost of healthcare services, medications to treat heart failure, and missed days of work.
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