Chronic conditions have an adverse impact on nearly 50% of the American population. Furthermore, 80% of healthcare spending in the United States is allocated to treat and manage chronic conditions in the populations.
This amounts to more than $850 billion being spent on Chronic Care management, annually.
The unfortunate reality is that many of these chronic conditions are preventable, while many others are reversible as well. These chronic conditions mostly result from risky and unhealthy life style choices such as little to no exercise, chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes, poor nutrition and excessive intake of alcohol.
Chronic Care Management and Telehealth
Monica Leslie, a Senior Consultant with Schumacher Clinical Partners, and Rehan Virani, a Consulting Manager with Schumacher Clinical Partners, recently gave an interview to Telehealth and Medicine Today TM.
Herein they discussed the widespread impact of chronic conditions in the country and introduced their proprietary Chronic Condition Management Benefits Estimation Tool, as a viable solution to the challenges of Chronic Care Management.
There is no doubt that advances in telemedicine hold a lot of promises for better chronic care management. With facilities such as video conferencing, point-to-point connections, dedicated telecare networks, wearable and implantable devices etc. with the remote diagnostic capabilities, it has become possible for physicians to provide round-the-click chronic care management solutions.
Benefits Estimation Tool
In the article titled “Realizing Value With Telehealth in Chronic Condition Management Programs” Monica and Rehan introduced their proprietary tool. They said, “We’ve created a model called the Chronic Condition Management Benefits Estimation Tool. Essentially, it is a benefits estimation tool that calculates using in industry data and organization-specific inputs to produce a three-year projection of the value an organization can expect through implementing telehealth with their CCM program.”
The model is said to complement the primary role of telemedicine in the context of CCM by providing enhanced care coordination along with avenues for reduced costs, and ultimately better return on investments for caregivers.
The Benefits Estimation Tool was tested extensively in controlled studies, leading to some encouraging and promising results.
If you’d like to learn more about the Benefits Estimation Tool or its founders, head on to the article featured in a recent issue of Telehealth and Telemedicine TodayTM. The leading peer reviewed healthcare journal is home to the latest research and developments from the world of telecare and related industries.