Individuals suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF) are becoming exceptional candidates for mobile health monitoring solutions.
According to the latest insight from InMedica, there was estimated to be 308,000 patients remotely monitored by their healthcare provider for CHF and other conditions worldwide last year. The majority of these monitored individuals, however, were “post-acute” patients and been previously hospitalized and discharged.
InMedica says that CHF currently accounts for the majority of telehealth patients, in addition to being “one of the largest cost-burdens for hospitalization.”
As healthcare providers seek to reduce readmission rates and track disease progression, telehealth is projected to reach 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017.
“A major challenge for telehealth, is for it to reach the wider population of ambulatory care patients,” says Theo Ahadome, a senior analyst at InMedica. “However, the clinical and economic outcomes for telehealth are more established for post-acute care patients. Indeed, even for post-acute care patients, telehealth is usually prescribed only in the most severe cases, and where patients have been hospitalized more than once in a year.”
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