90% of Americans over the age of 65 have one or more chronic diseases, with Heart Failure being the leading cause of hospitalizations among the elderly. Each year, $25-35 billion is spent on treatment and diagnosis regarding heart failure in patients. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of patients with heart failure are readmitted within six months of hospitalization.¹ Studies have concluded that of all 30 day hospital readmissions, 75% could have been prevented.² Unnecessary readmissions contribute significantly to the cost of this disease. To help alleviate this problem for our patients and community, Expedient has teamed up with Phillips to offer a Telehealth Monitoring Program. Based on clinical studies, there was a 31% reduction of hospital admissions and a 72% reduction in heart failure readmissions when home Telehealth Monitoring was used as part of a Disease Management Program according to a recent research study.³ Telehealth Monitoring equipment is installed in the patient’s home enabling patients, caregivers, and nurses to daily monitor weight, blood pressure, and other vital signs associated with Heart Failure. By offering Telehealth Monitoring to our patients, Expedient Home Health Care has not only improved our patient’s lives, but also decreased the burden on the hospital.
Common Conditions and Diagnosis for Telehealth Monitoring Program
Diagnosis of CHF or HTN Diagnosis of Hypertension
Diagnosis of Heart Failure Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus Diagnosis of COPD
Our Interdisciplinary Approach
Expedient Home Health Care utilizes Registered Nurses to monitor our patients 7 days a week. A majority of our competitors only use technicians for this.
Our RNs are able to monitor from the office the patient’s:
• Blood pressure
• Pulse Oximetry
• Chronic Disease Survey Profiles
Since our RNs can monitor these vital signs from the office, Expedient Home Health Care can:
• Detect if patient is becoming ill much sooner than usual
• Decrease unplanned emergent care and hospitalizations
• Increase and improve communication between patient & caregiver
• Encourage self-care behavior in the patient
• Improve compliance to care regimen set by RN or Therapist
• Decrease anxiety by providing a sense of security
• Improve patient and caregiver satisfaction
• Empower patient by taking an active role in their own care
¹Vinson JM, Rich MW, Sperry JC, Shah AS, McNamara T. Early Readmission of Elderly Patients with Congestive Heart Failure. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1990;38:1290–5.
²Dr. Molly Coye, presentation at Partners Connected Health symposium Oct. 2008
³Clark RA, et al. Telemonitoring or structured telephone support programmes for patients with chronic heart
failure: Systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2007 Apr 10:334:942.