Telehealth Financial Management of Healthcare Discussion

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I need 2 different discussion posts for a healthcare financial management class. Please make sure they have a different analyzation and ideas. the deadline is 16-20 hours.

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In
an outpatient setting, technology will be leading change in health
care. A Harvard Business Review article in January 2016 sponsored by
Dell and Intel stated, “Telehealth, remote biometric monitoring, and
technology-assisted health coaching are powerful tools in the fight to
improve chronic care outcomes because they provide in-the-moment support
to patients learning to manage diet, exercise habits, and medication
routines. For example, an FDA-cleared mobile app that delivers real-time
motivational messages, behavioral coaching, and educational content
right to the mobile devices of patients with Type II diabetes has
demonstrated significant drops in their A1C levels. Even simple text
message programs can make a difference. Text2Breathe, a program of the
Children’s National Medical Center, sends care information and reminders
to parents of children with asthma, helping reduce emergency room
visits.”


https://hbr.org/sponsored/2016/01/technology-is-helping-shape-the-future-of-health-care

What
are your perspectives on Telehealth? How do you see it impacting the
financial management of healthcare? If you have any direct experience
please share.

I NEED 2 DIFFERENT POSTS

RESPONSES I NEED 4 OF THEM

By CHISPHOER

Chronic
conditions compose a considerable amount of healthcare costs in the
United States and account for nearly 30% or more of the care an
individual will receive in their lifetime. With that being said there
must be more focus on telehealth as it becomes the most effective
communication tool for providers and patients. Singular communication
and physical visits or scare tactics are the way of the past in
healthcare. Yes, it may well have once been enough for one visit to the
doctor to change an individual’s lifestyle or health practices, but
Americans now seem more stubborn than ever. Many remain unconvinced that
a simple change in diet can improve their health or that one missed
dose of medication can be the difference between a health issue and no
complications at all. Our society needs continuous reassurance, and
telehealth provides that source of reassurance for individuals seeking
care or individuals that are unsure in the care they may have been
provided. It is sad to say but it is almost as if care providers need to
market or advertise prevention, medicine, and healthy lifestyles to
individuals for them to actually make a change. The more an individual
hears and understands their condition and necessary steps to monitor and
take care of their condition, the more likely they are to actually
invest their time in their own health.


With respect to financial
management of healthcare I believe telehealth can assist in making leaps
and bounds in savings for healthcare providers. Not only is it
inconvenient for healthcare facilities to accommodate unwarranted
visitors who stroll into their facility with minor conditions that can
be solved from home, but it is wasteful in the resources of time and
money. Time can be better spent with patients that need undivided
attention and care and money can be saved from administering care to
individuals that may have a self-fixing problem that they themselves are
capable of caring for. Ease of access is the most important issue
facing healthcare today. Simple features like reminders and alerts to
provide care are essential to lessening the burden on providers and
overcrowding healthcare facilities. Telehealth is certainly the wave of
the future.

Turnock, Bernard J. Public Health: What is it and How does it work? 6th Edition. Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2016.

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By ashlie

i very much agree with the idea of TeleHealth & I found this article to be very interesting!

In
my current role as a Clinic Supervisor for Orthopaedics & Sports
Medicine-Scranton for Geisinger, we have explored this idea for our
Joint patients. This would provide them access to an interactive app
through their phone which maps out their journey & expected
recovery. It includes information on Physical Therapy & allows the
end user (the patient) to be highly involved in their recovery process.
This would help with our financials in the future as patients would be
less likely to be readmitted as they would know exactly how to manage
their own care.

I think the active involvement of the patient is
key as it allows them to have awareness of their care plans. With
technology being key today, it allows patients to have a visual of care
plans, including what to do & what not to do. The hands on
experience is useful as it allows patients to be very active in their
own care.

I think it will help healthcare facilities in the
future as it will allow patients to be more involved in preventative
care. If patients can visually see care & treatment plans through an
app, they will be more aware of their health. If patients are utilizing
this tool, they can work towards preventative healthcare, keeping
readmission rates down as well as visits to the Emergency Department
(ED). Preventative health is key for keeping healthcare costs down &
telehealth will be a huge impact of this as well. Using telehealth can
help provide education for patients to prevent illness & remind them
to schedule preventative healthcare visits.


As a side note, I
think this will also increase Patient Satisfaction which would in turn
help to increase volumes & financials. All in all, telemedicine
would be a huge financial benefit for healthcare facilities in the
future. Thank you!

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by joe

This morning I listened
to a podcast that had an interview with Dr. David B. Nash, the dean of the
Jefferson College of Population Health, and in it he talked about the need to
manage the population’s health through prevention. He talked about how when
treating people our focus should be to “shut off the faucet, instead of mopping
up the floor.” Essentially, medicine should be focused on stopping the bad habits
(shut off the faucet), instead of focusing on treating people when they get
sick (mopping up the floor). I think that Telehealth will be an important tool
among many in preventing people from becoming diagnosed with a chronic, costly disease.
Wearable technologies like Fitbits and Apple Watches that can monitor people’s
health and activity are useful and help keep people mindful of their activity
levels. Technology like this as well as behavioral and educational tools described
in the article will go a long way in helping practices manage their patients and
therefore help manage their expenses as well.

The Telehealth that I have had direct experience with
was more of the “mopping up the floor” variety though. When I was initially
hired, the hospital I previously worked at always had a psychiatrist within the
building, but a couple years in they ended their association with the psychiatry
practice and instead chose to do telemedicine with a psychiatry service. There
was a mobile video screen that could be taken to a patient’s room and on the
other end was a licensed psychiatrist who would speak with the patient and
determine a plan of action. This arrangement likely saved the hospital a good deal
of money, but I was never in favor of it because I felt that something as
delicate as psychiatry, especially within a clinical setting, is better handled
in person. Unfortunately, with the tight margins that hospitals work with today
that might not always be possible, especially for rural hospitals who don’t
have enough money to hire a full-time trained clinical psychiatrist, of if
there even is one in their region. Therefore, Telehealth like this can help
fill in the gaps as needed and help give people the care they might not have
been able to receive before.

-Joe

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by Danielle

Despite being preventable, chronic
illnesses including heart disease, strokes and diabetes are the route
of many deaths in the United States. In addition, chronic illnesses
account for 86% of United States health care costs. It is evident that
we must seek alternative ways to reduce this number. Telehealth is an
innovative way to reducing healthcare costs and improving the health of
many United States citizens. Many chronic illnesses are caused by
lifestyle choices such as poor eating habits and lack of exercise. In
order to diminish chronic illness it is necessary to create new and
healthier habits. Patient engagement serves as a way to change habits
and in order to truly influence positive behavior changes, opportunities
that flow into everyday life must be readily available to patients.
Telehealth is a strong tool that can provide in-the-moment support to
patients facing chronic illnesses. In an article retrieved from
healthleadersmedia.com it is reported that telehealth can reduce
healthcare costs by reducing avoidable hospital visits and providing
readily available care to patients in a convenient way.

Reference:


https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/innovation/hospitals-reaping-financial-benefits-telehealth

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