HARRISBURG, Penn. – A recent year-long remote patient monitoring pilot program by health care management company Geneia resulted in a savings of more than $8,000 per patient annually. That could translate into more than $1.1 million in savings each year for a typical health plan, according to the company.
Those results illustrate the power of connecting the care continuum, said Dawn Milstead, the company’s vice president of clinical solutions.
“That’s the sweet spot that Geneia has,” said Milstead. “We can augment existing care management models by incorporating remote patient monitoring to better manage a patient’s care.”
Geneia’s remote patient monitoring program, called @Home, is a round-the-clock model that helps chronically ill patients and their providers and care teams better understand, monitor and manage their health.
The program combines predictive analytics, technology and in-home clinical support to identify chronically ill patients most likely to participate in and benefit from the program, then supports them through personalized care planning.
“The technology is important,” said Milstead, “but remote monitoring devices connected to a case management strategy is more important.”
Milstead said a critical component of a successful remote patient monitoring program is ensuring the data is integrated into the workflow, adding it to other data to predict health issues that need attention. The actionable insights provided by Geneia’s @Home program can help in early disease detection or prevent hospital readmissions, ultimately resulting in cost savings across the board, she said.
“A remote patient monitoring program should not be separate from the care plan,” said Milstead. “It’s a tool that augments the care plan of providers and can certainly be used more than where it is being applied today.”