04 Sep How one health system saves $90,000 per patient
Pilot program taps home health monitoring to reduce hospitalization and length of stay rates
So many mobile, telehealth and remote monitoring technologies today are long on promise but short on proof – so it’s worth taking stock when one pays off in a substantive fashion.
Consider the so-called Care Beyond Walls and Wires pilot program launched by Northern Arizona Healthcare. NAH in 2011 began placing home health monitoring kits with patients discharged from Flagstaff Medical Center or Verde Valley Medical Center following treatment for congestive heart failure or related cardiac conditions or related cardiac conditions.
“Putting smartphones and biometric health-monitoring devices in the hands of patients empowered them to take better control of their health,” Gigi Sorenson, RN, NAH’s director of telehealth services, said in a prepared statement. “We’ve tracked significantly fewer hospitalizations, shorter hospitalizations and dramatically lower costs.”
NAH saw hospitalizations drop from 3.26 mean per patient to 1.82 and days hospitalized drop from 13.98 mean per patient to 5.13 and, based on the health system’s data about the first 50 patients six months prior to enrollment and six months after enrollment, that added up to savings of approximately $92,000 per patient.