The penny (or shoe, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live) seems to be dropping that, to be most effective, telehealth – as in remote patient monitoring – has to be part of a home-focused range of other services in which it plays a supporting part. Here are two US-based items that make that very point, the first by a nurse and the second a research study report concerning people with kidney failure.
- Continuing Care for the Heart Failure Patient at Home (MD News)
- Significant Improvement in Patient Survival…End-Stage Renal Disease Management Demonstration Project (press release). “…the return on investment (ROI) is significant. Our program has consistently delivered a 5 to 1 savings to investment ratio for our customers. And just as important, we have demonstrated improved outcomes, lower mortality and reduced hospitalization, for our customer’s members with kidney disease.” KidneyTel website.