BOSTON – Medically complex patients age 65 and older had dramatically lower rates of hospitalizations, emergency room visits and falls when family caregivers and clinicians engaged with each other through a technology-enabled care plan, according to the results of a recent study by Seniorlink, a tech-enabled services provider.
“Our study demonstrates that as a patient requires more complex medical and psychosocial needs, Seniorlink’s care collaboration solutions have a dramatic effect on outcomes and cost savings,” said Jay Patel, clinical transformation officer at Seniorlink, in a statement.
Seniorlink supplements its intensive in-home care management model with its secure care collaboration platform, Vela, to connect care providers, including nurse case managers, patient advocates and pharmacists, directly with patients and family caregivers.
Elderly patients suffering from five or more chronic health conditions, and needing assistance with three or more activities of daily living, experienced a 40% reduction in hospitalizations, a 32% drop in emergency room visits and 75% fewer falls when supported by Seniorlink’s connected program, the study found.
“As the U.S. population ages and medical needs increase, it becomes imperative for us to find ways to engage family caregivers in care delivery and connect them with professional care teams through technology,” said Thomas Riley, president and CEO of Seniorlink, in a statement.
Analysis of the data from the study also found that Seniorlink patients under the age of 65 with behavioral health issues such as dementia or psychiatric conditions also had a 24% decline in hospitalizations and an 88% drop in falls when compared with the general Medicare population.