How Remote Patient Monitoring (Telehealth) Can Help Cure Healthcare
Karen Thomas the President of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, a URAC-accredited Health Call Center providing customized telemonitoring and health call center solutions joins Enterprise Radio.
Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Karen Thomas discuss the following:
- What is remote patient monitoring/telehealth?
- Can you give some examples of who you mean as ‘Payers’ and entities other than payers that can benefit from remote patient monitoring/telehealth?
- Is this service used only for people with chronic illnesses?
- Remote patient monitoring /telehealth has been described in different ways, is there one consistent model that fits every situation?
- Some companies, insurance and self-insured companies have utilized telephone calls to contact people who might be at risk for high health care utilization. Is that the same? And if not, why?
- Who pays for remote patient monitoring?
- Do you feel that the adoption of telehealth will increase in the future? If so, why do you think this will prompt the change or adoption?
- How can remote patient monitoring/telehealth impact a payer’s or ‘business’ financials?
- How does an effective remote patient monitoring service benefit the person/employee enrolled in a telehealth program?
- How impactful are the start-up costs and is there a way to avoid those start-up costs?
- How does a payer or company determine if outsourcing remote patient monitoring services is the best option for them?
- What is the most effective way to utilize the remote patient monitoring program?
Summary: A well-established remote patient monitoring/telehealth program can benefit the finances of a company at financial risk for the cost of providing health care. The cost of chronic illnesses significantly increases the overall cost of care. Remote patient monitoring is a tool to provide timely teaching, engage the enrollee to become accountable for their care, and provide appropriate clinical oversight to assist the enrollee in managing their health. While positioning the agency to meet the changing environment of post-acute care. A telehealth program provides anew methodology to general positive clinical outcomes in a cost effective untraditional manner.
Karen R. Thomas is the President of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions. In 2004, she developed and secured funding for the first Medicaid-covered telemonitoring program within the Disease Management Department for the State of Missouri. Seeing the need that various industries had for cost-saving solutions that could provideimproved health outcomes for patients, she began Advanced TeleHealth Solutions in 2011.
Ms. Thomas is a nationally renowned speaker, using her expertise in telehealth monitoring to educate hospitals, home health agencies, and other companies and organizations about the benefits of telemedicine solutions. The following are just a sample of Ms. Thomas’s other accomplishments within the healthcare industry:
- She is a speaker for Missouri State University’s Health Care Administration Masters program regarding “The Capabilities of Home Health and Its Future”.
- She is a contributing author to “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.
- She is a speaker for numerous webinars and conferences providing education as to the benefits of home telemonitoring: generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement and coordination of care.
- She co-hosted a long-running radio show to educate the public on the availability, accessibility and desirability of home health and telemonitoring.
- She is a board member of the National Association for Home Care, Private Duty Home Care Association, member of the American Telemedicine Association and an Ex Officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.
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