1-Is Digital Health The Future Of Healthcare?

Forbes II Apr 4, 2018

Summary: Telemedicine and remote monitoring, coupled with new and lower-cost care settings such as home care will improve patients’ health and ensure use of the most efficient level of care. Additional and more accurate information regarding the clinical and economic performance of products and services will improve innovation. In 2016, the global digital health market was at $179.6 billion, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR). Growth in this market is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of 13.4% between 2017 and 2025, reaching $536.6 billion by the end of 2025.

2-Remote Patient Monitoring

The Center for Connected Health Policy  II  Mar 17, 2018

Summary: Remote patient monitoring (RPM) uses digital technologies to collect medical and other forms of health data from individuals in one location and electronically transmit that information securely to health care providers in a different location for assessment and recommendations. Monitoring programs can collect a wide range of health data from the point of care, such as vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and electrocardiograms. Monitoring programs can also help keep people healthy, allow older and disabled individuals to live at home longer and avoid having to move into skilled nursing facilities. RPM can also serve to reduce the number of hospitalizations, readmissions, and lengths of stay in hospitals—all of which help improve quality of life and contain costs.

3- Statistics You Need To Know About Healthcare & Telemedicine

First Stop Health  II  August 1, 2017

Summary: Over the next decade, the aging American population is expected to place increased demands on the U.S. healthcare system. For older Americans, a review of medical records, found that 38% of doctor visits, including 27% of Emergency Room (E.R.) visits could have been replaced with telemedicine.

4-The Top Telemedicine Solutions Bringing Patients and Doctors Closer To Each Other

Bertalan Meskó, MD, Ph  II  August 29, 2017

Summary: Telemedicine fulfills a natural demand in the digital age: how to bring patients and doctors closer to each other without the need to lose long hours through traveling, but gain all the benefits of healthcare. Telemedicine should become such an integral part of the healthcare system in the future that it would not be labeled as “telemedicine” anymore but just another ordinary way to talk to peers or patients. Until that happens, let’s see the top telemedicine solutions out there.

5-Bringing the Hospital Home

By Karen Thomas  II  January 31st, 2018

Summary: One of the greatest challenges of the healthcare industry is to find new and efficacious ways to bridge the gap between hospital care and in-home care. For years, in-home care has lacked the expertise of care offered through healthcare facilities. However, with the advent of telehealth programs, portable technologies, remote patient monitoring, and clinical health call center support, patients can now receive in-home at a level of care comparable – and sometimes even better – than that offered through traditional hospitalization.

6-Zebra Technologies’ study predicts jump in mobile adoption by 2022

By Laura Lovett  II   January 29, 2018

Summary: Health care technology company Zebra today released its “2022 Hospital Vision Study,” which anticipates the top three trends in the industry will be remote monitoring, telehealth and artificial intelligence. The study also predicts a growing number of healthcare workers using mobile health — by 2022, 97 percent of bedside nurses and 98 percent of physicians will be using mobile devices, it suggests. That would mean a significant increase from 2017, where responders reported 65 percent of nurses using mobile devices and 51 percent of physicians using mobile devices.

7-How to Build a Remote Patient Monitoring Program

By Philip Betbeze  II  February 1, 2018

Summary: UPMC’s five-year-old tablet-based program was initially only for patients with congestive heart failure, but is now in the process of expanding to as many as four other conditions, and is a valuable tool in preventing expensive and unnecessary hospitalizations. Can a remote patient monitoring program prevent hospitalizations? The answer, according to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) experts, is unequivocally yes. That means big savings in a world of high-end healthcare that is increasingly becoming value-based. What UPMC did to build the remote monitoring program doesn’t necessarily take huge budgets and massive staffing additions.

8-Remote Care Management Technologies In 2018: Tracking 3 Key Drivers

By Eric Rock, Founder and CEO, Vivify Health  II  January 25, 2018

Summary: Healthcare organizations continue to adopt information technology for better patient care. Headlining these innovations are technologies for remote care management, providing patients with an immediate link to their care team for regular monitoring at home, or wherever they happen to be. RPM offers a proven way for patients to better manage all chronic conditions. With a sophisticated RPM platform, care teams can capture daily biometric data, see and communicate with patients through video calls, access patients’ health status 24/7, and provide timely medical intervention at the first sign of trouble. Patients find RPM systems easy to use and appreciate knowing someone is watching out for them. They receive ongoing education on their conditions, take more responsibility for their well-being, and are far less likely to be admitted to the hospital. Today, remote monitoring, wearables, faster wireless communication devices, robust EHR platforms, virtual health visit capabilities, and, eventually, prescriptive intelligence, are making it less necessary for patients and physicians to always interact within the four walls of a hospital or clinic.

9-Do Hospitals Still Make Sense? The Case for Decentralization of Health Care

Richard D. Zane, MD, FAAEM, UCHealth System  II  December 20, 2017

Summary: From their humble origins as charitable almshouses for the poor and destitute who could not afford to receive care at home, hospitals have evolved into large, profitable, expensive, technology-laden institutions at the epicenter of the health care universe. Almost every community has at least one general centralized hospital, and most have more than one — with those that don’t being considered “underserved” or “frontier” communities, and with the hospitals in such communities sometimes receiving the designation of “critical access.” But health care is changing. The exponential growth of digital and virtual health, the deployment of advanced technology deeper into the community, and the movement of higher-acuity care into the outpatient environment create opportunities to shift from a large, centralized health care system to a smaller, faster, more cost-effective one in which health care is more accessible, more affordable, more personal, and closer to home.

10-The 10 most common telemedicine program objectives

By Erin Dietsche  II  September 24, 2017

Summary: According to a survey from Reach Health, the ten most common telemedicine program objectives are:

  • Improving patient outcomes
  • Increasing patient engagement and satisfaction
  • Improving patient convenience
  • Providing remote and rural patients with access to care
  • Improving leverage of limited physician resources
  • Reducing cost of care delivery
  • Reducing hospital readmissions
  • Improving specialist efficiency
  • Providing access to new specialties
  • Providing 24/7 access to specialists

11-Real-time Data Drives the Future of Wearables in Healthcare

Frost & Sullivan  II  November 17, 2017

Summary: The proliferation of wearables for health and wellness, and the need for more data about the current and future condition of individuals and patients, are key factors propelling market growth. Future growth opportunities focus on the commercialization and embedding of wearables in skin patches, clothing, and electronic skins.

To succeed in the healthcare wearables ecosystem, players need to:

  • Provide data that is tightly integrated with the data management system used by healthcare professionals to give more information on the real-time condition of patients, which can be integrated into existing data to drive personalized healthcare and furnish a complete picture of the patient’s current and future medical conditions
  • Ensure that medical-grade wearables can provide sufficient accuracy, sensitivity, and selectivity when monitoring key parameters
  • Use wearables to provide data-as-a-service
  • Focus on key applications such as the management and monitoring of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, asthma, and mental health.
  • Look toward high-growth markets such as the elderly.

12-Your Gateway to the Future of Healthcare. Reduced Hospitalizations

November 16, 2017

Summary: Healthcare reform has put the high rate of hospital readmissions in the spotlight, and healthcare systems across the country are seeking efficient and cost-effective solutions that result in reduced hospitalizations and improved patient health education and self-care.
Patient follow-up through a call program showed a reduction in readmissions:
Reduced Hospitalizations for Multiple Co-morbidities with Telehealth Intervention

13-7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices

mHealthIntelligence, by Thomas Beaton  II  February 13, 2017

Summary: More patients than ever are using connected medical devices to engage in remote monitoring and virtual healthcare. More than seven million patients now benefit from remote monitoring and the use of connected medical devices as an integral part of their care routines, says a new estimate from Berg Insights. Remote monitoring use grew by 44 percent in 2016 as providers and patients rapidly embraced the convenience of mHealth tools. The use of remote monitoring is expected to continue its growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47.9 percent to reach 50.2 million by 2021.

14-Telemedicine saves patients time and money, study shows

FierceHealthcare by Evan Sweeney  II  September 15, 2017

Summary: A new study adds to mounting evidence that telemedicine can save patients two things they value most: time and money. Patients and family members saved an average of $50 in travel costs and recouped just under an hour in time by using telehealth technology for sports medicine appointments, according to a study by Nemours Children’s Health System presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. The health system saw some moderate savings as well. The telehealth appointments cost approximately $24 less per patient.

15-Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Market to rise US$0.98 bn with 14.20% CAGR up to 2020

TMR - Research Reports  II  August 9, 2017

Summary: According to the report, in 2013, the global market for remote patient monitoring devices was worth US$0.38 bn and is anticipated to reach US$0.98 bn by the end of 2020. The market is expected to register a progressive 14.20% CAGR between 2014 and 2020. The rising economic burden on medical clinics and hospitals for patient admission is the major factor propelling the global remote patient monitoring devices market in the forecast period. However, the inadequacy in maintaining the security and privacy of the data is the key factor hampering the growth of this market.

16-7 insights into remote patient monitoring

Becker's Hospital Review by Jessica Kim Cohen  II  July 24, 2017

Summary: Here are seven things to know about how remote patient monitoring can be used to improve clinical outcomes in healthcare. RPM falls under the umbrella of telehealth and involves the collecting and transmitting of medical data from patients to healthcare providers in separate locations, according to The Center for Connected Health Policy. Healthcare professionals remotely monitor these vital signs — which might include blood pressure, heart rate or electrocardiograms — for assessment and recommendations. A December 2016 report commissioned by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found research has consistently indicated RPM for patients with chronic conditions is one of the greatest benefits of telehealth. The fastest-growing market segments for RPM also include glucose monitoring and air flow monitoring, according to a February report out of the Internet of Things market research firm Berg Insight.

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