As we move further into 2016, it’s becoming abundantly clear just how much industry interest is gathering towards remote care, with particular attention paid to the use of this technology for population health management and cost-saving purposes.
To delve deeper into providers’ attitudes towards remote care, REACH Health surveyed 390 healthcare executives, physicians, nurses, and other professionals to assess how they view the technology and plan to implement it in their day-to-day care delivery.
Perhaps the most encouraging statistic was this: 2/3 of respondents named remote care as the top of one of the highest priorities for their organization in 2016.
As the survey demonstrates, the interest in remote care options is at an all-time high, with demonstrable success being reported in regards to key, patient-centered tasks. However, there are still significant barriers to achievable ROI, with regulatory and licensing issues continuing to prevent providers from being fully reimbursed for these services.
Moving forward, the next step will be for the CMS to create additional initiatives in a similar vein to Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM). It has been lauded as a pioneering program that encourages the use of remote patient monitoring while rewarding providers who employ this technology effectively.
If the above results are any indication, building off the successful model of CCM and setting up effective reimbursements will be a win-win for all parties. Clearly-defined incentives will surely encourage both vendors and providers to further collaborate and develop innovative remote care strategies to best treat key and underserved patient populations.