Affordable Care Act Expected to Boost mHealth Patient Monitoring

Affordable Care Act Expected to Boost mHealth Patient Monitoring    Obamacare mHealth InMedica Affordable Care Act Thousands of additional cardiac patients will be monitored via mHealth and remote monitoring tools before the close of the decade.

InMedica, a division of IMS Research, projects that at-home health monitoring will spike sixfold by 2017.

In 2012, clinicians reviewed long-distance vital signs on computer screens for some 227 000 patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and mental illness.

By 2017, a summary of the InMedica report from HeartWire reads, that number may balloon to exceed 1.8 million globally.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) is being cited as a major culprit of the anticipated growth.

“It’s all about moving toward preventive care and reducing avoidable hospital readmissions,” says report coauthor Shane Walker of InMedica.

With traditional fee-for-service reimbursement, physicians “lack an economic incentive” to take long-distance vital signs that do not involve a billable office visit, HeartWire reports. But “the financial incentive is on the way,” Walker counters, referencing “shared-saving arrangements for ACOs, bundled payments, and other payment reforms that reward quality of care.”

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