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How Can The Healthcare Industry Equip Their Senior Patients For Chronic Care Management?

Healthcare organizations and chronic illness

By 2029, estimates show that senior patients will make up 20% of the population and a considerable share of healthcare spending. As it stands now, senior patients and patients with chronic illness make up to 5% of the population but nearly 50% of healthcare spending. How can healthcare organizations cap these rising costs.

According to a report from BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation, healthcare organizations are taking more responsibility when it comes to older adult care and chronic care management,

From NEJM Catalyst survey, it was found that healthcare organizations are looking into

  • Home health services
  • Strong chronic disease plans
  • Health IT

to address the needs of a growing aging population.

How can healthcare organizations achieve patient-centric and value-based care?

As mentioned earlier, healthcare organizations are looking into home health services and care plans to treat patients with chronic diseases.

Home healthcare services – Home healthcare is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Examples of home health services include:

  • Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Intravenous or nutrition therapy
  • Injections
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status

In general, the goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you:

  • Get better
  • Regain your independence
  • Become as self-sufficient as possible
  • Maintain your current condition or level of function
  • Slow decline

Strong chronic disease plans – Patients with one or more chronic diseases need doctor’s attention almost every day. The physicians create care plans for such patients with vitals, measurements, activities, pain, etc that need to be monitored. This will help in keeping chronic patients healthy if they follow the care plan strictly.

HealthViewX Care Management and Chronic Care Management solution to ease the process for healthcare organizations

Information technology helps in making the process simpler for healthcare organizations by reducing their time and effort. HealthViewx software provides Care Management and Chronic Care Management solutions which help in providing home health services and also care plans for chronic patients.

HealthViewX Care Management solution supports the following features,

  • Care plans to enable remote care – A provider can create a care plan for a patient depending on the vitals, treatments, measurements, etc that need to be tracked. The patient-centric application helps in logging data for the vitals specified in the care plan. If needed the care plan can also be printed.
  • Customizable dashboards to suit the need – Dashboards comprising of graphs and tables show a comprehensive data of the number of patients in different care plans depending on the patient diagnosis.
  • Scheduler to keep track of the appointments – An inbuilt scheduler keeps track of the appointments and sends timely reminders to both the patient and the provider. The chances of missing out an appointment are very less.
  • Audio and video calling features – HealthViewX Care Management solution support inbuilt audio and video calling features which help in connecting with the patients for follow-ups.
  • Patient-reported data – Patients can record data for all attributes in the care plan. Summary graphs and table data helps the providers in monitoring the patient vitals. The patient records can be anytime printed in pdf or excel report form.
  • Health device integration – HealthViewX Care Management solution can integrate with any wearable device like Fitbit, apple watch, etc. Hence the patients need not waste time in logging data in the application if they are already using wearables.

HealthViewX Chronic Care Management solution supports the following features,

  • Automated call log feature – After a call, care plan creation or any action related to CCM health services, the system automatically adds call logs. It reduces the physician’s manual effort is logging the call logs.
  • Preventive Care plans – HealthViewX solution supports care plans for the Chronic Care Management service for a patient. The physician can create a care plan depending on the patient’s health report. It helps in monitoring the patient’s vitals.
  • Chronic Care Management Analytics – Dashboards with intuitive charts and tables give complete analytics of the Chronic Care Management services. It provides a clear picture of the revenue perspective.
  • Consolidated Report – The physician can generate a consolidated report of the Chronic Care Management services given for a particular period. This makes it easy for the billing practitioner for getting the Medicare reimbursements.
  • HIPAA compliance – HealthViewX Chronic Care Management is HIPAA compliant. It facilitates secure data exchange. The solution manages all patient-related documents securely.

HealthViewX Care Management and Chronic Care Management solutions have features that suit healthcare organizations best. To know more about our solutions, schedule a demo with us.

Mobile Health Technology

Mobile phone usage is tremendously increasing day by day. So as a purpose of it, every industry has been reinventing their way of functioning to accommodate the changes mobility has brought in. When people start experiencing new things they become addictive to innovative technology. This transition has also affected healthcare industry on a massive scale.

Current day Health Care system faces many problems such as shortage of nurses, a fewer number of physicians and not to forget about implications of MACRA new physician payment method. It is becoming increasingly tough to operate without relying on technology.

Increase in demand has maximized the need for innovation around mHealth. It is an incredible advancement showing enormous positive results, removing the barriers of the olden days.

Digital transformation in healthcare is great, but the question is “Does technology foster customer to engage in their own health?”

Today, people have numerous options and are confused to pick out one healthcare app on the market. As on date, there are thousands of medical apps listed in mHealth space, which can be accessed from anywhere.

It is beyond certainty that mobile health will help improve care delivery and impact patient outcomes in the near future with a more reliable, and near to real-time data which makes it efficient. However, there’s a security risk attached to it while managing data from different applications.

Data integration is challenging, especially when there is more than one data source. It should be the providers call to choose an optimum health application, and induce patients to use it instead of letting patient choosing according to their choice and leaving compatibility a matter of concern.

Surveys say physicians are reluctant to recommend the use of health applications to their patients. Adapting quick changes is not an easy step for doctors.

Of course, it is neither been easy for patients. Following are some of the benefits of mHealth:

1. Patient engagement

Mobile apps are user-friendly and come free of cost but success ratio to engage patient is relatively less. People have easy access to health tools via smartphones but are not willing to learn to make full use of it.
Progress is possible only when patients show real interest in improving their health. Unless patient’s show dedication there will not be any positive results, and intervention of health applications may not yield desired results.

2. Better Clinical Support

Clinical Decision Support process becomes easier after the integration of EMR with mobile technology. Traditional system has more complexity in the integrated workflow of clinicians. Now, with the use of apps, clinicians can recommend drugs, diagnose and treat patients, and also be aware of current practice guidelines, which reduces their burden of work.

3. Better Communication

Though patients and doctors have face-to-face interactions, problems are not communicated effectively. Improper and non-scientific communication of symptoms makes it difficult for doctors to diagnose the disease.

Also, people with one or more chronic diseases face difficulties in meeting their doctor’s post-discharge. With the help of wearable synced with mHealth apps, doctors can track progress, and also deliver appropriate guidance to ensure they are healthy.

4. Improved Practice Workflow

Doctors can view their patient record instantly anytime, anywhere, and can send the right patient data to specialist during referral process.
Clinically integrated EHR helps a physician to effectively use it in and out of the network. Physician practice workflow becomes convenient and efficient with technology enhancement.

5. Access to Information

Patients can access their health information from portal through mobile apps, and view their record online, download or transfer. Providers can communicate with patients electronically to remind about their meetings with the physician, prescription refill etc.

6. Enhanced Care

Mobile health helps in monitoring patients after they get discharged.
Patient’s 30 days post discharge is the critical time of recovery, and which can avoid possible readmission. Patient health app opens doors to insightful information which can be used to enhance care quality significantly.

Interestingly, mHealth is a fortune that healthcare industry hasn’t utilized to fullest of its potentials.