It is not uncommon for elderly patients to have one or more chronic conditions. Many of these conditions require complicated treatment and/or close monitoring to achieve best medical outcome(s). These cases are often treated in multiple settings, making chronic care management difficult to coordinate. This has traditionally meant that patients were left to organize their own care.
There is a better way
What if you could see, at a glance, all the treatment protocols for an individual patient?
What if you could engage the patient in a personal way, on a regular basis, to encourage healthy behavior?
What if you could monitor the patient and react immediately to their changing needs, without having to schedule an office visit?
Now you can. With smart health applications running on computing platfroms, every facet of a patient's care, from recent hospitalizations, to current prescriptions, to the patient's own observations and concerns, can be accessed and coordinated quickly and efficiently. This means you can promote healthy habits and head off potential problems before they occur, resulting in fewer hospitalizations and better quality of life for the patient.
Now is the time
Care for patients with chronic conditions has traditionally been limited to traditional medical office visits along with hospitalizations and ER visits. In between, the day-to-day management of chronic conditions has largely been left to the patient. There has been no good way to get information from patients outside of a clinical setting, and Medicare only reimbursed providers for face-to-face visits, making true chronic care management financially impractical for the physician. That is, until now. Starting January 1, 2015, Medicare is paying for non face-to-face chronic care management services. That means it is now feasible to monitor those with chronic conditions more carefully, and to achieve better outcomes for more patients, while still maintaining the bottom line.
Companies such as Oculus Health provide tools for doctors and patients to team up and manage chronic conditions together. Oculus is a full service, HIPAA compliant, cloud-based solution to chronic care management needs. For more information, please contact us today.