Telehealth is an innovative approach to care for patients with chronic conditions, and studies have shown that it can provide great clinical outcomes for patients, providers and payers around the world.
Alongside improving quality of life,1,2 real-world data shows that telehealth can significantly reduce:
- Hospital admissions1,3-6
- Emergency department visits1,7
- Length of hospital stay4-6
The benefits of telehealth can save time and resources
By improving patient outcomes and quality of life, telehealth can also prevent costly hospital stays and unplanned visits to the emergency room, thus benefiting payers.
- In a US study looking at patients with CHF, savings from telehealth amounted to $5,499 savings per patient per year9*
- In a German study looking at patients with COPD, savings from telehealth amounted to €895 savings per patient per year3*
*Compared with usual or traditional care.
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2. Flodgren G et al. Interactive telemedicine: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 9 (CD002098).
3. Achelrod D et al. Eur J Health Econ 2016; doi:10.1007/s10198-016-0834-x.
4. Steventon et al. BMJ 2012; 344 : e3874.
5. Xiang R et al. J Telemed Telecare 2013; 19: 249–259.
6. Vianello A et al. BMC Pulmonary Med 2016; 16, article 157.
7. Polisena J et al. J Telemed Telecare 2010; 16: 68–76.
8. Kamei T et al. Jap J Nursing Sci 2013; 10: 180–192.
9. Liu SX et al. Int J Telemed Appl. 2016; Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1155/2016/3289628.