Remote patient monitoring―better known as telehealth―can be a highly effective approach to facilitate communication between patient and caregiver and to engage patients in managing their own care. These technologies remotely collect, track, and transmit health data from a patient’s home, or other care setting, to a health care provider or case manager in a different location.
A new set of case studies by Andrew Broderick and colleagues at the Public Health Institute’s Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health highlights three successful approaches to taking home telehealth programs to scale:
- The Veterans Health Administration, whose Care Coordination/Home Telehealth program demonstrates the possibility of implementing telehealth on a broad scale and achieving cost-effective, high-quality outcomes for chronic care patients.
- Partners HealthCare, an integrated health system in Boston whose Connected Cardiac Care Program for heart failure patients is estimated to have generated total cost savings of more than $10 million since 2006 for more than 1,200 enrollees.
- Colorado-based Centura Health at Home, which has merged a clinical call center with telehealth to improve outcomes for older patients discharged from the hospital.
Visit commonwealthfund.org to learn more about these early telehealth adopters and how they are improving patient outcomes while using existing health care resources more efficiently.