Post Date: June 8, 2015

Technology has led to the advancement of service delivery in almost all industries and sectors of product and service delivery. In the medical field, this progress has resulted in the invention of telemedicine. That is a program that assists medics to monitor their patients remotely. According to statements made at the American Telemedicine Association 2015 Annual Meeting, telehealth has been significantly effective. This remote monitoring has minimized the readmission rate of patients quite alot.

Readmissions lead to increased costs that may hinder the efficient operations of medical facilities. Currently, this telemedicine program is in its initial test stages and so far it has posted successful results. Telehealth technology is highly reliable in the reduction of value-based billing. A majority of the patients are incorporated into the program while they are in the hospital. On discharge, the patients are continuously monitored via this telemedicine and catered for incase of slight deviations from their anticipated recovery.

The program ensures that there is constant communication between patients and clinicians. A majority of patients are comfortable and fully satisfied with this program. Since inception, the rate of readmissions has reduced with cases of hip and knee injury readmissions almost being eliminated entirely. Though this program requires many staffs in a medical institution, when implemented it significantly decongests the hospital. Telemedicine has solved the problems that arise as readmission penalties.

This program transmits electronic medical data records to a platform from which the clinicians may access them in real time and assess the recovery of the patients enrolled in the program. Within a period of just 30 days, the readmission rate at the University of Virginia Centers for Medicare and Medicaid had decreased. Through this test program, doctors and clinicians alike are confident that this remote monitoring technology will reduce costs and readmissions in hospitals all over the world. This remote monitoring ensures full recovery of patients without the need for any readmissions and other avoidable hospital expenses.