The current trend in healthcare is improving care while reducing costs. Improving quality starts with access to care. Without access to care, the discussion on quality is moot. Telehealth is vital to any discussion of healthcare access. For accountable care organizations whose mission is improvement patient care and driving efficiencies, telehealth is a necessary tool.
A Deloitte analysis found using telehealth in patient population management could reduce 30-day readmission rates up to 75% for congestive heart failure patients, and reduce their length of stay by up to 25%, potentially saving health systems millions annually. The same analysis found tele-ICU services could reduce average patient ICU length of stay 20% and overall hospital length of stay 13%, resulting in thousands of dollars of savings for the hospital per patient, and freeing up beds to treat greater patient volumes.
“Strategic implementation of Virtual Health initiatives can address the challenges faced by many healthcare organizations — whether it is cost reduction, shortage of providers, reduced payments under regulatory reforms or improving operational efficiencies as they consider assuming risk based payment models. ”