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mHealth trends

In this digital era healthcare industry is changing towards a more mobile and efficient system: mHealth is the future. What are the ongoing trends in this industry? An article in the Beckers Hospital review gives a top 10. I would like to highlight some items:

“Mobile devices and apps are becoming an integral part of telemedicine. Telemedicine crosses the geographic expanse and connects providers to patients, even providers to other providers, to extend services to underserved areas. Many major telemedicine companies are offering telemedicine apps as a means for patients to connect and communicate with physicians remotely and on-the-go. It’s an increasingly popular service — 84 percent of young adults age 18 to 34 said they would prefer a consultation via a mobile device. While more hospitals and health systems are toying with telemedicine, the service is also coming under fire as the industry debates payment and reimbursement practices and what telehealth services should be used for.”

As a telemedicine company, we think further than only digital consultation. We understand that if patient, non-patient or care professional need support, that can be provided by technical solutions. Like support with medication treatment or monitoring heart rhythm after an operation.

The cost benefits of mHealth may be enormous. If a patient is tracking his or her symptoms and those symptoms are being wirelessly transmitted to a clinician in the hospital, that patient just saved a trip to the clinic and the hospital saved costs associated with treating that patient. With mHealth comes a more comprehensive, accessible and data-driven industry that helps utilize resources more efficiently and effectively.”

Vitaphone Netherlands daily collects thousands of vital signs and presents the results to healthcare professionals and sometimes patients too. Further investigation might translate all these efforts into a financial result.

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Source: Beckers Hospital Review

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Infographic: Long Term Care

A shift is taking place in long term care (ltc). This infographic visualizes this change with focus on the US.

Highlights are:

  • The number of people using ltc facilities will increase to 27 million in 2050;
  • Tech spending is on the rise: budgets for 2014 grew and this budget will go toward new investments;
  • 54% of the ltc organization respondents say technology decreases medical errors;
  • 73% state that it improves productivity;
  • A whopping 99% believe that technology helps them enhance overall care.

What is your opinion about technology in your healthcare organization? Tell us what you think.

 

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Author: Indy Kavelaars
Source: CDW Healthcare

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Remote monitoring is on the rise

Worldwide, 3 million patients have a remote monitoring device at home that is monitored by a professional caregiver. This states a new report by Berg Insight. IF this market will grow is not a question, but HOW this market will evolve that is the important question. Berg Insight sketches a future for connected medical devices with a compound annual growth rate (CARG) of 44.4 percent. It is estimated to reach €19.1 million connections by 2018.

remote-monitoring-device-market-by-Berg-Insight

Patients that use connected medical devices for various forms of personal health tracking are not included in this figure.

 

 

 

 

 

They claim revenues of remote patient monitoring has reached €4.3 billion in 2013. Between 2013 and 2018 they expect revenues will grow with 35 percent, reaching €19.4 billion. What kind of monitoring is now booming in this market?

  • Cardiac rhythm management; accounts for two-thirds or 2 million connections and will grow to 4 million by 2018
  • Sleep therapy; represents about 0.54 million people
  • Telehealth, medication adherence and airflow monitoring have 0.34 million connections. Interesting fact is that pharmaceutical companies will move into this space as well.

Vitaphone expects Berg Insight to be be right: this market will grow. We are definitely going to help to develop a better and more efficient healthcare by introducing cutting edge solutions in remote monitoring of vital signs.

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Source: Berg Insight

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Connecting pharmacists with healthcare insurers, an improvement?

“There’s a missing connection in the health insurance exchange debate that could push mHealth to the forefront: pharmacists.” This is a valid point of Robert Oscar, president and CEO of RxEOB. Pharmacists help people with healthcare questions when they’re not in a doctor’s office. They are the ones that have data on medication adherence. Adherence to medication predicts how well treatment will work and if future (health)problems can be expected.

More and more pharmacists are looking for ways to achieve better services. These are services next to the medication adherence support. Monitoring blood pressure is a way to check effectiveness of the provided medication. The pharmacist can discuss the results with the physician and optimise the therapy (if needed). Better results stimulate patients to adhere, so it cuts both ways. Pharmacies and insurers should be connected to make rewards possible for pharmacies that achieve the best support on monitoring and adherence. Insurers and pharmacies become more aware that they need to cut into the nation’s healthcare bill and that they must provide tools to optimize patients treatments.

Do you think that pharmacies and healthcare insurers should work together more intensively? Please leave your comment below!

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: mHealth News

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Sensors and beyond

cerebrospinal fluid

cerebrospinal fluid

“A novel long-term implanted sensor can measure and individually adjust cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure in the brain.” In this stage the sensor still needs an external device connected with radio waves. In the external device the physician can read the temperature and CSF pressure. If the pressure exceeds the limits, the physician will act accordingly. In the future it will actually work on its own and adapt when needed. This is the ultimate example of mobile health.

This great (and a bit scary) look into the future, that shows us what we’re aiming at. What healthcare community also needs to do, is look at the currently available technology and use it now. So we can make a difference and improve citizen’s care!

Source: Hospimedica

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INFOGRAPHIC: Healthcare IT trends for 2014

Have a look at this great overview! Some highlights:

  • $36 billion will be saved, in the next 5 years, by utilizing remote monitoring in patients with cardiac & chronic diseases;
  • 1.3 million Americans will be treated via telehealth by 2017;
  • 81% of the healthcare providers plan to make future investments in telehealth.

Our message to healthcare community; don’t wait any longer! Start with the implementation of current available solutions. Let’s make Telehealth and Remote Monitoring reality…and not a promise in an infographic!

 

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2014 Health IT Trends Infographic Healthcare

Source: CDW community

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Telehealth saves anually $2,931 per COPD patient!

Research was conducted to determine if “self-monitoring via home-based telehealth equipment could, when combined with ongoing remote monitoring by a nurse, reduce the incidence of hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) presentations for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” The vital signs monitored were; blood pressure, weight, temperature, pulse, and oxygen saturation levels. These vital signs were automatically sent to the telehealth nurse by telephone. If recorded measurements were out of patient’s normal parameters, specified by their GP or specialist, it triggered an alert to the nurse and he or she would undertake action. Vitaphone supports this type of setup to manage chronic diseases. Especially because it results in cost savings as demonstrated in this report.

An important result is that the telehealth group visited the hospital 10 times less as the control group did; 26 visits in the control group versus 16 visits in the telehealth user group. This resulted in 77 less hospital stay days over 6 months; 162 hospital days in the control group vs. 85 hospital days in the telehealth group.

The participant satisfaction in this research was also great:

“Approximately half felt that the telehealth intervention had reduced the number of times they had been to the hospital. Participants commented that in the past they may have gone to the hospital because they were worried or anxious about breathing difficulties, but being able to take their own measurements reassured them that their measures were within normal limits.”

“Participants generally agreed that receiving telehealth monitoring had provided reassurance and peace of mind knowing that a nurse was monitoring their results daily. Participants described having more control over their condition and being more confident in self-managing their condition as they were now more conscious of what their body was doing.”

It is great to see these numbers and the satisfaction level proof, what we advertise… go telehealth, go!

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: Telehealth Remote Monitoring for Community-Dwelling Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, by Kristen De San Miguel, BSc, Joanna Smith, BPsych, and Gill Lewin, BSc Hons, MSc, MPH, PhD, Published in Telemedicine and e-Health, September 2013

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Bondskanselier Merkel ziet kansen voor betere zorg door telemedicine

In een persbericht van 31 januari 2014 in de “Pressebox.de” wordt duidelijk dat de bondskanselier grote kansen ziet in het verbeteren van de gezondheidszorg door middel van telemedicine. In de beleidsverklaring van de derde regeringsperiode van Angela Merkel maakt ze duidelijk dat telemedicine in de toekomst een belangrijke bouwsteen wordt om de gezondheidszorg te ondersteunen en aan te vullen. Ze ziet vooral de mogelijkheden bij patiënten die afgelegen wonen. De bondskanselier zegt in de beleidsverklaring dat telegeneeskundige diensten een belangrijke rol zullen spelen binnen de continuïteit van de gezondheidszorg naar de toekomst.1 Vitaphone Nederland ziet telemedicine ook als een eenvoudige manier om de kwaliteit van de zorg te waarborgen en betaalbaar te houden.

Duitsland (4de op wereld ranglijst 2013-20142) heeft één van de meest competitieve economieën van de wereld. Wij doen het zelf ook niet slecht, 8ste plaats2, maar onze regering kan nog veel leren van deze vooruitstrevende inzichten van de bondskanselier.

 

Sources; 1 Pressebox
2 World Economic Forum

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Full european support for eHealth!

Despite the economic crisis, the global telemedicine market grew from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $11.6 billion in 2011. The global mHealth market is even set to grow to €17.5 billion a year by 2017.

There is important support from the European Parliament for the eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020. Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission leading the digital agenda, said: “In particular, I welcome the Parliament’s insistence on the importance of interoperability of eHealth systems and the need for the Commission to take a leading role in establishing international standards and an EU eHealth Interoperability Framework.” We also think this should be top priority. It is very important that there is an interoperability standard for telemedicine because only with such a standard, all eHealth, mHealth, telemonitoring and telemedicine providers will and can work together to make care and cure more efficient. Some EU countries spend up to 15% of their budgets on healthcare; this percentage needs to go down. eHealth implementations can help to make that happen!

Source: eHealthNews

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Survey results: Remote monitoring of cardiac implantable electronic devices

The European society of cardiology recently published the results of their survey on remote monitoring of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). The aim of the survey was to get insight into the current use of remote monitoring (RM) of CIEDs in Europe. Responses were received from 54 centres belonging to the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) electrophysiological (EP) research network.

Some interesting results: a total of 76.5% of the centres reported that they are actively using remote monitoring. RM is most used for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and rarely or never used for routine pacemaker checkups, because the latter seems to be less cost-effective.
In 29,8% of the European centres, the delay between detection of an abnormality by RM systems and the physician’s response is within 24h.
The face-to-face 6-month check-up visits are drastically reduced by RM. Only 17.6% of all centers perform internet check-ups at predefined intervals.

Some areas for improvement.
In only 6.4% of the cases information obtained by RM is incorporated into the clinical patient file! Why is that?
Also in 25% of the centres, there is no specific workflow designed for RM. Only with a clear workflow follow-up and registration of the findings is possible.
Almost 40% of the patients reported to prefer RM as their main follow-up management, because it helps to avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital.

We believe RM will become more and more accustomed! For the 23.5% of the centres that not use RM; let’s make it happen!

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: Europace Oxfordjournals

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