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Downloadable 2015 Telehealth Metrics: Wearable Devices, Remote Monitoring Gain Traction for Population Health Management


One-fourth of healthcare organizations incorporate wearable devices - fitness trackers, smart clothing, pedometers and smart watches - into care management initiatives, according to 2015 telehealth benchmarks compiled by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Sea Girt, NJ, May 07, 2015 --(PR.com)-- A spike in remote monitoring since 2013 and brisk adoption of healthcare wearables to capture population health data are two 2015 telehealth trends captured by the Healthcare Intelligence Network's latest complimentary HINtelligence Report, available at http://www.hin.com/library/registerTelehealth2015.html

Twenty-six percent of respondents have embraced healthcare wearables, engaging patients in health management, while the practice of monitoring patients remotely has risen from 57 to 63 percent since 2013, when HIN last administered its Telehealth survey.

Empowering patients with these technologies has raised levels of patient adherence and satisfaction for at least 75 percent of respondents, respondents report.

Download more survey results from the complimentary HINtelligence report, Telehealth & Telemedicine in 2015: Remote Monitoring, Wearable Devices Upgrade Burgeoning Industry at http://www.hin.com/library/registerTelehealth2015.html

This executive summary of responses to HIN's fourth comprehensive 2015 Telehealth and Telemedicine survey also documented optimism by three-fourths of respondents that Medicare will further embrace telehealth by reimbursing for remote patient monitoring in the next 12 months.

Launching its Next Generation ACO model in March, the federal payor said it would consider covering additional tools such as telehealth and post-discharge home services to enhance care management of beneficiaries.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents said they already are reimbursed for telehealth from private payors.

News Facts: HIN's white paper, Telehealth & Telemedicine in 2015: Remote Monitoring, Wearable Devices Upgrade Burgeoning Industry, summarizes March 2015 responses from 116 health plans, hospitals, physician practices and others on telehealth and telemedicine program components, tools and technology, and results and ROI.

Other data highlights from the 2015 survey include the following:

-The nurse case manager has primary responsibility for telehealth, according to 32 percent of respondents.

-Self-care/self-management tools and e-mail reminders remained among top telehealth tools for patients and health plan members.

-The use of telephonic advice lines decreased from 55 percent in 2013 to 26 percent in 2015;

-Among quality metrics, telehealth has reduced health complications by 34 percent, according to respondents.

-Thirty-five percent of respondents with telehealth programs experienced a decrease in bed days that they attributed to their telemedicine initiatives.

To meet expanding population targets for telehealth services, the survey for the first time documented telehealth use for homebound, severe behavioral, at-risk for falls, and high-utilizer populations.

Download more survey results from the complimentary HINtelligence report, Telehealth & Telemedicine in 2015: Remote Monitoring, Wearable Devices Upgrade Burgeoning Industry at http://www.hin.com/library/registerTelehealth2015.html

For Melanie Matthews's profile, please visit http://www.hin.com/bios.html#mm

"Many organizations successfully oversee patients with diabetes, congestive heart failure and other chronic conditions via remote monitoring, engaging these individuals in self-care while warding off avoidable hospital visits. As the payor outlook for telehealth grows more favorable, organizations wishing to invest in wearables, remote monitoring, blood pressure cuffs and other telehealth technologies can profit from peers' experiences and feedback presented in this resource."
- Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive VP and COO

Please contact Patricia Donovan to arrange an interview or to obtain additional quotes.

About the Healthcare Intelligence Network — HIN is the premier advisory service for executives seeking high-quality strategic information on the business of healthcare. For more information, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 449-4463, e-mail info@hin.com, or visit http://www.hin.com.
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