Friday, July 20, 2018

Remote Monitoring Keeps Patients with Chronic Conditions out of the Hospital

From previous studies we know the economic value and cost reductions of remote monitoring and remote patient management. Here is an article about a study by Mercy Virtual regarding the value to patients of being remotely monitored and remotely managed. The results of this study although not surprising show without a doubt the use of remote monitoring and remote patient management have profoundly positive results not only for patients but for wider medical system. And that remote monitoring and remote patient management should be employed not only for patients who live long distances from medical facilities, but for all patients who require frequent monitoring and attention.

Overview and results of the study:

Mercy Virtual piloted vEngagement in WashingtonMissouri, beginning in September 2015. The program is now available at Mercy hospitals and clinics in ArkansasKansasMissouri and Oklahoma.
Results of the vEngagement program have been impressive among nearly 1,000 patients:
    • 50 percent reduction in hospital readmissions 
    • 50 percent reduction in emergency department visits and hospitalizations 
    • 98 percent of patients who are extremely satisfied or satisfied

The article includes a case study of the experiences of one of the patients in the study:

After several hospitalizations for breathing problems over two years, Dolorse Murray agreed last September to try a home-based health management program her primary care physician believed would improve her health.
Murray, 71, of Neosho, Missouri, has chronic heart and lung conditions that make breathing difficult and sometimes lead to swelling in her legs and feet. Through the program, called vEngagement, a Mercy Virtual care team monitors Murray and makes suggestions about changes at home to better manage her symptoms.
After just a few months in the program, Murray said she feels better and is able to breathe easier. She has returned to her favorite hobbies, like gardening and painting, which she was too sick to do last year. 
"This is the most wonderful program, and I tell a lot of people about it," said Murray. "I feel like it's saved my life."
Murray meets by phone with her care team several times per month to discuss how she is feeling and determine any changes to her treatment plan. She can also hit a button to let Mercy Virtual co-workers know she doesn't feel well. 

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