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Telehealth and Patient Monitoring Shaping the Future of Healthcare Delivery

Telehealth, the delivery of healthcare to patients anywhere in the world through electronic or electrical means has been around for ages. 

Way back in 1874, when a wounded patient in Australia was successfully treated via telegraph, it was a mere solution to the then-persistent problem. Over the years, technology evolved, with milestones like two-way communication via radios in the 1920s and video communication in the 1950s.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic gave telehealth a significant boost, shifting it from mostly consumer-paid services to mainstream healthcare delivery integrated with payer and provider systems.

Telehealth offers numerous benefits, including improved patient experience, faster access to care, and reduced burnout for healthcare providers. It also facilitates remote patient monitoring, aiding in clinical trials and novel therapies.

From a payer perspective, telehealth enables faster visits and helps avoid unnecessary ER or acute care visits.

We initiated a productive conversation with the healthcare leaders to understand telehealth and patient monitoring in detail.


Know the panel:

– Srirama Srinivasan, Chief Business Officer – HLM at InfoVision (Moderator)
– Anthony Sigrest, Global Head of Digital Patient Innovation, Takeda Oncology, Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA
– Katherine Ketter, AVP, Member Experience, Jefferson Health Plans
– Alexander Jones, Vice President of Product Management, iDocsWeb Telemedicine

Watch the conversation here: Telehealth and Remote Monitoring- Aicorespot

In this discussion with healthcare leaders, we delved into the various aspects of telehealth and remote patient monitoring. Here’s a glimpse of what we covered:


1. Bridging healthcare gaps for vulnerable populations

Telehealth has become a cornerstone in achieving health equity, particularly for vulnerable populations facing economic and logistical challenges. This innovative approach to healthcare delivery has significantly benefited individuals with disabilities, older adults, and those residing in nursing facilities or remote areas. By allowing patients to receive care from the comfort of their homes, telehealth removes barriers related to transportation, time constraints, and physical limitations.

This shift not only ensures timely access to healthcare services but also fosters equitable care for individuals with unique medical needs. Moreover, in the pharmaceutical realm, remote patient monitoring is gaining traction, especially in oncology, where monitoring disease progression at an indication level is crucial.

This approach enhances patient engagement, streamlines care protocols, and mitigates confusion caused by multiple digital health platforms. As telehealth continues to evolve, it holds immense promise in addressing health disparities and empowering patients to manage their health effectively, regardless of their circumstances.

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2. Adoption of telehealth systems

Healthcare systems, particularly cancer centers, are embracing remote patient monitoring as a vital tool in patient care. This adoption is evident across academic centers and community-based oncology clinics, where nurse navigators play a crucial role in guiding patients through their treatment journey. These navigators, often found in academic settings, assist patients in scheduling appointments and managing side effects. However, the integration of remote monitoring extends beyond academic institutions, signaling a broader shift in healthcare delivery.

By leveraging digital health technologies, healthcare providers can establish a seamless feedback loop between clinics and patients, enhancing communication and understanding of patient needs, especially in late-stage oncology cases. As medicine evolves, the emphasis on remote patient monitoring underscores its importance in improving patient outcomes and supporting caregivers in delivering quality care.


3. The primary role of telemedicine in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities

The landscape of post-acute care, including recovery after procedures like hip replacement and nursing home stays, is shifting towards more premature handoffs from hospitals to these facilities. With sicker patients being discharged earlier, there’s often a lack of 24/7 medical presence in these settings.

Telemedicine steps in, to bridge this gap, preventing return-to-acute events and unnecessary hospital readmissions. These events are costly and pose infection risks, impacting patients and facilities negatively. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of telemedicine in long-term care, as lockdowns restricted physical access to doctors. This shift, not only improved patient care, but also involved family members more closely in the recovery process.

With billing parity and increased acceptance, telemedicine has reshaped post-acute care for the better, offering a win-win solution for all involved parties.

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4. Challenges in implementing a successful telehealth program

Launching a successful telehealth program in long-term care settings faces challenges, primarily due to resistance from medical directors who fear losing patients and billing opportunities. Another obstacle is the strain on staff time and resources, as implementing a new program adds to their workload. Integration with existing processes is crucial, as streamlined, and efficient workflows are necessary for staff buy-in and program sustainability. Mistakes often occur when programs are not adequately streamlined or fail to address staff time constraints, leading to reduced engagement and effectiveness.


5. Assisting elderly patients in remote areas

Telehealth platforms must be user-friendly and engaging for both staff and elderly patients. Features such as large screens, text, and audio options cater to the needs of elderly patients with limited technological experience. Regulatory requirements must also be considered to ensure compliance.

In conclusion, telehealth holds immense promise in addressing healthcare disparities and empowering patients to manage their health effectively. We had an incredible knowledge session and sincerely don’t want any of you to miss out on it. So, we have saved the recording of this discussion. To dive deeper into our discussion, watch the recording here: Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring Shaping the Future of Healthcare Delivery

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