Telehealth researchers concluded that remote monitoring technologies can have a significant impact on managing chronic diseases, according to a report released by the Advanced Medical Technology Association, known as AdvaMed.
The use of tele-home care and remote monitoring, which convey real-time health information on a patient's condition over the Internet or phone, can enhance quality of care for costly and debilitating diseases, the report stated. Patients who already have difficulty traveling because of their illnesses, the homebound, or people living in rural areas will have fewer office and hospital visits, and can cut back on time and expenses.
The report, written by doctors in the Center for Telehealth at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, is based on a review of published tele-home care studies and current case studies, focusing on how these technologies impacted patients with diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A survey of congestive heart failure patients said they experienced a 60% reduction in hospital admissions and 66% decline in emergency room visits with tele-home care, according to the report.
Washington-based AdvaMed is an advocacy group for its member companies, including medical devices, diagnostic products and healthcare information technology providers.