Know How Telehealth has Impacted Healthcare Scenario Globally

Electronic communication has influentially penetrated in healthcare and has a great impact on patient care. It has incredibly changed the way physicians and patients interact, especially telemedicine. In a recent report by Winter Green Research, Inc., a market research firm based in Lexington, Mass. it is predicted that the market for telemedicine software and devices will increase 736 million in 2011 to $2.5 billion in 2018 and the numbers seem to be progressing as expected.

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This care transition has made medicine available to regions which are void of adequate healthcare infrastructure. Telemedicine employs a multitude of modern technologies to transmit information via audio, video, text, or images that ultimately leads to better healthcare. Patients can connect with healthcare specialists half way round the globe, email MRI scans or arrange a video conference for diagnosis. All what’s needed is – an internet connection. Interestingly, it is now even possible to distantly monitor the glucose levels or blood pressure of a clinic’s patients through a computer screen. Telehealth has raised the horizons for regions without adequate healthcare infrastructure. It helps under-staffed clinics and undertrained practitioners to deliver effective medical care through expert assistance.

The benefits are not limited. They extend from patients to care givers, financers, and various other aspects related to treatment procedures. There is a drastic cost reduction. Telemedicine offers cost savings as travel expenses (that usually amount on the higher side) are immensely reduced. Additionally, it provides a second line of training to junior physicians almost free of cost.

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The global telemedicine market is expanding at an exponential rate. Geographic analysis of telehealth oriented developments show major influences in some areas of the world. A number of factors spur the growth of telemedicine and other related e-health services to ensure better quality Patient Engagement services across the globe. Masses are becoming more aware about healthcare conditions and demand high-quality care, medication and attention. Telehealth relies on the information available on healthcare networks provided by EMR infrastructures that are incorporated in global health measures. This healthcare information exchange is in its young years on the international boundaries and is sure to capture a larger market in the coming years.

LifeCycle Health has taken the initiative of telehealth seriously and encourages extensive participation making quality healthcare approachable. We have accepted this concept of care transition and promote value care and bundled payment models to quench this desire for lower healthcare costs. Visit : http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/get-started/

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Embrace Patient-Provider Communication for Better Healthcare

Research evidences state that there is a strong connection between a healthcare provider’s communicating ability and a patient’s capacity to follow his medical recommendations and adopt preventive health obligations. The physician’s communication skills have a profound impact on the functional and biological health outcomes of the patient. Here, our interests are much beyond just a dialogue between the patient and the provider. The intent is to closely monitor patient’s treatment progress and be available whenever the patient is in need. With the introduction of episode-based care, patients are beneficiaries as they themselves participate in their treatment procedures.

It is just not about the initial communication, there has to be a structural approach to the patient provider communication that ultimately improves healthcare delivery. E-Care is the trend of today and even healthcare has gone digital to an extent where patients and providers do not meet in person, still are so closely connected and the exchange of documents, disease summaries and patient history is done virtually. There are software platforms that bring all – the health-care givers and receivers together and allow them have a dialogue, share documents, and schedule virtual meetings.

DIAGNOSIS

Most of the part of the patient provider communication is made during the diagnosis phase, which is the initial most interaction between the two. Diagnostic procedures and decisions are usually made after the history-taking component.

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E-Portals have made it possible to send images, reports, and other medicine information that is critical for the physician to know before initiating the therapy. It is a critical phase as it is at this time when the patient starts building trust in the healthcare provider. However, studies revealed that patients are often not allowed to share complete details of their medical history; rather the physicians interrupt the explanation, which leads to diagnostic inaccuracy. Apparently, when patients are interrupted, it hinders the relation at the first step.

ADHERENCE TO TREATMENT PROCEDURES

The extent to which patients conforms to the doctors’ recommendations is called as adherence. Certainly, this is one of the most common practice in healthcare – non-adherence. Some disagree with the clinician’s terms, some worried about the cost, some find the instructions too difficult to follow, and some felt that the prescription is against their personal beliefs.

Senior patient with her doctor

Episode-based care has eliminated non-adherence to medical procedures as it becomes compulsory for the patient to fill survey forms periodically and assess their own progress. Resultantly, the physician also analyses and suggests better medications and physical exercises that are tracked too. Thus, there is least chance of any negligence or non-adherence to the treatment process.

PATIENT SAFETY & SATISFACTION

Communication among the people involved in either side of the treatment procedures plays an active role in strengthening the relationship leading to a better healthcare service. Any kind of miscommunication may lead to dangerous results on patient care. So, when patient provider communication is proper, patients are expressive and more participative in the treatment procedures resulting in an overall positive therapy.

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Patients want to be better informed about their medical condition, care methodology, and care providers so that they know they are in safe hands and are microscopically observed. With innovative care models, patients are becoming more knowledgeable and satisfied with the care transition episodes they come across.

Even though there is a lot of technical expertise, communication barrier may ruin the patient provider communication

Here are certain things to be considered for healthy healthcare deliveries :

  • Listen to understand: Most of the times doctors listen to their patients only to respond not to understand. Here, they pre-assume things and start manipulating what is actually said by the patients.
  • Take the time to listen: You cannot just rely on the symptoms about the actual medical condition of the patient. You need to ask some things too.
  • Minimize the sense of threat: Be fair enough to make patients understand the causes of their illness, be honest to what you feel, acknowledge their emotions, and involve them in certain decisions so that they feel an important part of the treatment procedure.

Healthcare is now measurable with the generation of figures and statistical data of how the treatment has progressed. All those are involved including the care provider and patient need to be active in all the conversations and complete their part of the job in order to get a comprehensive care outcome data.

No two people are same. So, it is important to treat every individual patient with utmost care. It is vital to communicate with every patient with a new perspective; rather by understanding their individual medical condition. It is only when you build the rapport that you will be able to invest in better healthcare.

LifeCycle Health empathizes with this important criterion in the healthcare providers and patient’s treatment procedures. To know more about our ways of improving patient provider communication, visit our website http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/. We take pride in strengthening bonds within the healthcare industry.

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Value Based Care is the New Health Care

Care delivery in the United States is the one of the costliest affairs for the residents of the nation. To put things in perspective, U.S. healthcare costs nearly $2 trillion every year, out of which more than 31% is never presented to the recipients (counts for administration costs). This, undoubtedly calls for an immediate and drastic care transition and Value Based Care (VBC) is a terminology that has been long awaited. The shift from volume-care to value-care is no easier than accepting smart phones/tablets/laptops in replacement of the bulky PCs. This shift from the fee-for-service payment models to value based care compel health systems to blend operational, financial, clinical, and other data to improve quality, control costs and managing provider networks, and providing access. The U.S. Government is building a new payment landscape and creating a new paradigm which undertakes the responsibility of coordinating complete care along with bearing the risks of costs and outcomes.

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Value based care has emerged as a successful model with the refinement of information technology and application of strategies to the traditional fee-for-service payment mechanism that ruled the healthcare until lately. Value based care is a highly integrated system and includes the medical Shared Savings Program, value based payments to the hospitals, and others.

Reshaping the healthcare models, a multitude of new payment models have been established, out of which the most important is Value Based Reimbursement (VBR). The Obama Administration introduced and implemented multiple VBR verticals including bundled payments, medical home models, variations of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and special incentives to physicians for care coordination, giving way to many more innovations. The MACRA’s sweeping payment reform provisions comprise of several steps to facilitate providers to participate in Alternative Payment Models (APMs) for initial bonus payments, exemption from MIPS requirements, and are not expected to meet EHR requirements. The healthcare providers participating in APMs are eligible for higher annual payment updates for their fee-for-service revenue stream beginning in 2026. Further, MACRA also establishes a 2-track system for identifying qualifying participants

1) Beginning in 2019, if they receive a significant share of APM revenue in Medicare alone; or

2) Beginning in 2021, if they receive a significant share of APM revenue through Medicare or a combination of Medicare and other payers.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) aims for converting 30 percent of the fee-for-service Medicare payments to value based care models by the end of 2016 and expects 50 percent of traditional payments undergo this care transition by 2018.

Bundled Payments

bundled payments

Also called as episode based payments, this introduces a single payment for services provided under a complete episode of care. Providers including the hospitals, physicians, settings, surveys, procedures and exercises all come together on a single platform and interact closely to make the medical procedure hassle-free and convenient for both – the providers and patients. This drastically reduces the medical expenditure too.

The VBC initiatives are being appreciated by care-givers, payers, and other stakeholders.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimated a growth at the rate of $10 billion per year for medical reformation efforts like VBC.
  • Aetna invested 15 percent of its spending towards VBC efforts and announced to invest up to 45 percent by 2017.
  • The Department of Health & Human Services aims at tying 30 percent of their payments to value based care payment models by the end of 2016 and would increase this to 50 percent by 2018.

The government has initiated the care transition and now is the time for some real change in the healthcare spendings of the United States. Life Cycle Health’s initiatives are in compliance with the government’s take on value based care system and our patterns adhere to treating patients with complete satisfaction and at reasonable prices. We designed a platform where all individuals involved in patient care can interact throughout the treatment episode and invest our innovative ideas so that medical care can prosper with the willingness of care-givers and patients. We accept bundled payments so as to calm down the huge medical expenses.

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  1. Value Care is the New Health Care – United States Government
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