Thursday, September 15, 2016

This Is Really Good News For Those Who Need This Sort Of Care and Service.

This appeared last week:
7 September, 2016

Home monitoring saves lives and money

Posted by Felicity Nelson
The first national trial of home monitoring for chronically ill patients has demonstrated the savings that could emerge from a large-scale rollout
During the 12-month trial, undertaken by the CSIRO, telemonitoring almost halved MBS spending and reduced PBS costs by one-quarter.
Hospital admissions were reduced by 53.2%, while the average length of stay in hospital dropped by 75.7%.
Based on the study, CSIRO estimates a potential $3 billion annual saving to the healthcare budget by providing telehealth services to the 500,000 Australian aged over 65 who would be good candidates for such a program.
“This is the first time we’ve done this in the Australian setting – a multi-site, multi-state study looking at the longitudinal difference for people with chronic illness,” lead researcher Dr Rajiv Jayasena told The Medical Republic.
 “We have shown… there are economies of scale [with implementing telemonitoring], given that 70% of our healthcare spend is towards managing chronic diseases.”
During the trial, patients with chronic illnesses measured clinically relevant vital signs every two days using a monitoring unit in their own home.
Patients suffered from chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma, and self-monitored parameters such as temperature, spirometry, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, glucose levels, and also performed ECGs.
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I have to say I like the integrated device the CSIRO have developed for this trial. It should be able to be replicated very economically on any sensible scale.
Well done to all those involved.

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