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HRS Telehealth Advancement Conference Delivers Innovative Ideas

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 7, 2019 5:45:00 AM
User Group Recap

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), a telehealth and remote patient software company, hosted its inaugural Telehealth Advancement Conference this past week. The Conference focused on facilitating the spread telehealth best practices, maximizing cost savings, and the future of telehealth reimbursement.

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, telemedicine, video conferencing, behavioral health, pregnancy, population health, EMR

Creating a Care Continuum in Hypertension Management using Telehealth

Posted by Tess Meehan on May 1, 2019 5:30:00 AM

Hypertension - high blood pressure - is a common condition in which the pressure of one’s blood against their artery walls is too great and makes one’s heart work harder to pump blood eventually hardening their arteries. Over time, hypertension can lead to renal disease, heart disease, and kidney failure.

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, chronic disease

Telehealth Applications for Muscular Disorders and Implications for Physician Burnout

Posted by Amanda Miles on Apr 16, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Telehealth methods of care delivery have grown tremendously over the last 20 years. However, despite the growth of telehealth across the medical field, the use of telemedicine for neuromuscular or musculoskeletal outpatients remains less expansive. While historical use of telehealth for neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders has been limited, the access barriers faced by these patients combined with the high rates of clinician burnout in the specialty provides a robust opportunity for an expanded application of telehealth.

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, chronic disease

Utilizing Telehealth to Improve Home Dialysis

Posted by Tess Meehan on Mar 20, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Of the nearly 500,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing dialysis, only 12 percent receive dialysis in-home despite it being preferable and cost-effective to both patients and payers.[i]  In a recent speech to kidney disease patients and advocates, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, stated that Medicare was making a concerted effort to expand the utilization of At-Home Dialysis, including expanding telehealth services.

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Topics: disease management, telehealth, video conferencing, ESRD, telehealth reimbursement, medicare

Introducing Telemedicine into Surgical Care

Posted by Lily Mercer on Jan 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: disease management, video conferencing, surgery

The Efficacy of Telehealth for Heart Failure Management

Posted by Lily Mercer on Oct 17, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: disease management, population health, heart failure, global telehealth

A Comparison of Telemedicine vs. Usual Care for Diabetes Management

Posted by Lily Mercer on Sep 24, 2018 8:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: disease management, diabetes

Telemonitoring For Heart Failure Patients After Home Care Discharge

Posted by Lily Mercer on Sep 10, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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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Topics: disease management, video conferencing, heart failure

A Tele-Behavioral Program for Patients with Diabetes

Posted by Lily Mercer on Jul 12, 2018 12:47:19 PM

Patients with chronic diseases are often burdened with psychological distress. The overwhelming nature of living with a chronic disease can result in stress and other mental health comorbidities that negatively influence disease management. Patients with diabetes, for example, commonly experience depressive symptoms and in turn have difficulty adhering to treatment protocols. These individuals are less likely to engage in regular glucose self-monitoring and are therefore at increased risk of detrimental clinical outcomes, like nephropathy, retinopathy, hospitalization, and death.

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Topics: medication adherence, disease management, diabetes, behavioral health

Telehealth Enhances Management of Hypertensive Disorders During Pregnancy

Posted by Lily Mercer on Jul 5, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Hypertensive disorders occur in 5% - 11% of pregnancies. Gestational hypertension and preeclampsia can be particularly detrimental to a woman’s health and are the leading causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality. The consequences of these maternal disorders are magnified in low and middle-income countries. Mobile health technology offers a promising solution to the lack of resources that are available to women with hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. Remote patient monitoring can change the way care is managed for this patient population.

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Topics: disease management, hypertension, patient education, pregnancy