Patients with heart failure benefit from exercise and rehabilitation because these interventions increase exercise capacity, improve quality of life, and reduce the risk of cardiac related hospital readmissions. The ability to receive cardiac rehabilitation remotely grants greater access to these vital care interventions. Home based telerehabilitation has been proven to be as effective as in-person rehabilitation, yet the economic outcomes are unknown. A recent study explored this question by performing a cost utility analysis of a home based telerehabilitation program for patients with heart failure.
While numerous studies have examined the use of telemedicine within surgical subspecialties, there has yet to be a study that looks at surgical care from a broader perspective. A recent systematic review aimed to do just that by providing an evidence based overview of telemedicine in surgical care.
Diabetes is a highly prevalent issue in the United States. Over 29 million people in the US suffer from diabetes, with rural populations being particularly affected. Poorly controlled diabetes is accompanied by a wide array of medical complications, in addition to significant financial burden. It is estimated that diabetes and its associated comorbidities account for $245 billion in total annual health expenditures.
As digital health technology advances, telehealth is increasingly used to augment the management of diabetes. Telemedicine is a promising intervention for the diabetes patient population because it allows for advanced and accurate monitoring of blood glucose, while also fostering improved medication adherence. However, for these benefits to materialize, patients must be engaged with the technology. A recent study addressed this point by examining the role of patient participation in the success of a diabetes telehealth program.
Telehealth presents numerous benefits to patients living with heart failure. As technology develops, an increasing number of clinicians will utilize telehealth to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital admissions. A recent randomized control trial took a deep dive into the efficacy of telehealth with the heart failure patient population. The study concluded that remote monitoring interventions can reduce length of hospital stay and decrease mortality related to heart failure.
Telemedicine has the potential to improve care for patients with diabetes and significantly reduce healthcare costs. Telehealth programs increase access to healthcare and provide solutions to many healthcare inefficiencies that negatively impact patients with diabetes. A recent meta-analysis sought to prove this very point by comparing telemedicine to usual care among patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
The benefits of telehealth among patients with heart failure have been proven in the literature. Much of the research in this space focuses on using telehealth during episodes of home care. However, patients with heart failure can continue to benefit from remote monitoring after discharge from home care. A recent randomized controlled trial sought to confirm this hypothesis by exploring the efficacy of home telemonitoring with heart failure patients after the completion of home care.
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Catholic Health Home Care has maintained a low average readmission rate of 4.6% over 30 months for patients with CHF using the Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) telehealth platform. The rehospitalization data, collected from January 2016 to June 2018, is not time specific and instead reflects overall readmission rates for each quarter. During this time, Catholic Health Home Care served over 1,300 patients with telehealth and achieved quarterly readmission rates as low as 3% for their high-risk CHF patients.
Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice (NNSH), a progressive home healthcare, palliative, and hospice agency, has recently adopted telehealth technology from Health Recovery Solutions (HRS). NNSH officially partnered with HRS in April 2018 in order to improve remote care for patients with chronic conditions. By using telehealth to establish more touchpoints with patients, NNSH hopes to prevent and reduce hospital readmissions.