The Advisory Board Group has published a compelling article on the positive outcomes of home health entitled “’You can't argue with these outcomes': What happens when hospitals bring care into the home.”
The article talks in detail about the specific benefits seen by two hospitals that have implemented in-home health programs. Some highlights:
- Home health care for elderly and chronically ill patients can save up to $2,000 per hospitalization.
- Home health programs have a 99 percent patient satisfaction rating.
“Between 2006 and 2009, Medicare saved $670 million and avoided 20,500 readmissions by discharging chronic patients to home health services instead of traditional post-acute care models,” notes the article’s author, Aly Seidel.
Pretty compelling statistics — and, as Seidel points out, hard to argue with.
Home Health Outcomes: The Technology Factor
Technology is increasingly central to the success of home care programs, particularly those that utilize remote patient management (RPM). Service providers like Care Innovations work to support home health outcomes by helping hospitals and health systems better manage patients at home with modern, innovative technology that’s also comfortable and intuitive.
For instance, Health Harmony, a remote patient management (RPM) service developed by Care Innovations, offers benefits at every stage of the healthcare process:
- For clinicians: comprehensive, organized data points and greater accessibility to patients.
- For patients: a modern, comfortable, convenient interface that fosters engagement with one’s own health.
- For payers: reduced hospitalizations and readmissions.
So far, outcomes achieved using Health Harmony’s home health technology have been as compelling as the figures cited by Seidel: The Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Network, for instance, implemented by the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and leveraging Health Harmony, saw first-year results that included:
- Zero hospitalizations and ER visits for all patients.
- An 1.7% percent average A1C reduction.
- A total cost savings of $339,184.
Choosing the Right Home Health Technology Partner
The home health technology platform offered by Care Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, leverages both hardware expertise and the knowhow that comes from decades of lessons as a technology service provider. Today, we take pride in our status as an industry thought leader working on the frontier of home care technology.
If you represent a hospital or health systems, you probably already know the value of help managing patients in the home. As the Advisory Group’s article demonstrates, it’s hard to argue with the combination of improved outcomes and cost savings. Factor in cutting-edge home health technology like Care Innovations’ Health Harmony RPM program, and the path to success is clear.
If you’re interested in learning more about home health technology, and how Care Innovations can help you harness home health to improve your costs and outcomes, we invite you to reach out to us today. For more documentation about the benefits of RPM home health technology, please view our Population Health insights library.