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Health Affairs examines successes and missing links in connected health
Date:2/5/2014

Island had minimal adoption. Market forces and individual features of the hospital also influence telehealth adoption rates. Factors that positively influence adoption rates include serving as a teaching hospital, being part of a larger system, having greater technological capacity, and higher rurality. Factors negatively affecting adoption include high population density, being for-profit, and operating in a less competitive market.

  • In a related Entry Point piece, The Honorable William H. Frist, M.D. shares his views of how empowered consumers and advances in IT will together affect the landscape in Connected Health And The Rise Of The Patient-Consumer.

Also of interest in the February issue:

  • Despite Increased Use And Sales Of Statins In India, Per Capita Prescription Rates Remain Far Below High-Income. Statin use has increased substantially in North America and Europe, with resultant reductions in cardiovascular mortality. However, little is known about statin use in lower-income countries. To get some answers, Niteesh Choudhry of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital and co-authors conducted an observational study of statin use in India. They found that between February 2006 and January 2010, monthly statin prescriptions increased from 45.8 to 84.1 per 1,000 patients with coronary heart diseasean increase of 0.80 prescriptions per month. However, only a fraction of those eligible for a statin appeared to receive the therapy, even though there were 259 distinct statin products available to Indian consumers in January 2010. The authors concluded that low rates of statin use in India may reflect problems with access to health care, affordability, underdiagnoses, and cultural beliefs.

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