Released the week of 11/26/12

Utilizing Interactive Voice Response to Reduce Health Service Utilization, Expand Clinical Capacity, and Improve the Quality of Life for Older, COPD Patients: HealthCare Partners

HealthCare Partners (HCP), a CTA grantee, has demonstrated the efficacy of a RPM, Interactive Voice Response program in reducing the rate of 30-day hospital readmissions for elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic diseases. The project found that over a 30-day period following the initial hospital stay, the frequency of hospitalizations related to COPD were reduced by 50% compared to the twelve-month period preceding program enrollment. HealthCare Partners achieved a 1.3:1 ROI in Year 1, indicating that each dollar invested in RPM yielded $1.30 dollars in savings for HCP. Projected ROI for HCP in Year 5 exceeded 18. HealthCare Partners Program Outcomes

CTA ROI Tool and ADOPT Toolkit Presented at AgeTech Conference

CTA staff delivered three presentations at the AgeTech California Conference and Expo in Pasadena, CA, on Nov.15. CTA and the Center for Connected Health announced the development of a do-it-yourself ROI tool to determine return on investment (ROI) for remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies. CTA and CCH are seeking beta testers to further test the utility of this interactive web-based tool. To learn more about the ROI Tool, please visit the ROI Program Page, or to inquire about beta testing the ROI tool please contact us at CTA also presented the ADOPT Toolkit, a web-based toolkit to help health care organizations plan and implement telehealth programs. Conference Presentations

CTA/ONC Consumer eHealth Affinity Group Session Highlights How to Increase Uptake and Usage of PHRs among Patients and Providers

Whatcom Health Information Network (HInet), the Keystone Beacon Community, and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) presented lessons learned in driving adoption of PHRs among patients and providers in a variety of settings. Presenters shared tips for successful outreach and how application functionality influences adoption. Presentation

The ADOPT Toolkit Website for Planning and Building Best-in-Class Remote Patient Monitoring Programs - Webinar Recording Now Available

The Center for Technology and Aging announces the release of a comprehensive web-based RPM Program Development Toolkit, the “ADOPT Toolkit©”. Developed in collaboration with leading health care providers from around the country, the ADOPT Toolkit captures RPM best practices and examples of practical tools and protocols drawn from the experience of contributing providers. Blog

Learn how to use the ADOPT Toolkit by watching the Center for Technology and Aging’s Webinar on The ADOPT Toolkit for Planning and Building Best-in-Class Remote Patient Monitoring Programs. Discover the 8 essential workstreams that must be considered in building success RPM programs, 7 critical tools that will jumpstart RPM program design and implementation, as well as key mistakes in RPM program development and how to avoid them. Webinar Recording and Presentation Materials

Reducing 30-day Hospital Readmissions through a Home Health TeleStation Monitoring Program for Heart Failure Patients: Dignity Health

Dignity Health, a CTA grantee, has demonstrated the efficacy of a RPM program in reducing the rate of 30-day hospital readmissions. The RPM program was implemented in three Dignity Health hospitals on the Central Coast of California. Of the patients enrolled in the program for six months or more, there was a 58% reduction in readmissions compared to the six-month period preceding program enrollment. Readmissions for patients with heart failure within 30 days of discharge from a hospitalization was 5% for patients enrolled in the program compared to 23% for non-monitored patients. This program is being taken to scale and is being used as a model for replication in two additional Dignity Health service areas. Dignity Health Program Outcomes

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