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Deloitte's 'Connected Care' Model Promotes Technologically Enabled In-Home Health Care, Projects Future Health Care Savings in the Billions
Date:3/12/2008

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the cost of medical care skyrocketing, a new study from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions finds that better coordination of in-home medical treatment and technological advances can dramatically improve care and drastically reduce cost.

The Deloitte study, "Connected Care: Technology Enabled Care at Home," (http://www.deloitte.com/us/connectedcareathome) promotes self-care and an electronically connected patient/physician relationship as the foundation of a new model of health care - one designed to put more emphasis on prevention and the seamless coordination of medical treatment, rather than reacting to preventable chronic illness and the subsequent expense.

"As stakeholders in the U.S. health care system struggle to increase access to health care services for the under-insured, reduce cost escalation and improve quality, there is consensus that any transformative solution requires the inclusion of disruptive innovations that leverage technology," said Paul Keckley, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

"Using in-home monitoring devices in tandem with care management programs to enhance self-care for chronic disease management and post-acute discharge monitoring is one such disruptive innovation," Keckley said.

Effectively applying in-home technologies via the connected care model would lead to increased medication adherence, a reduction in avoidable post-acute complications, and an improvement in self-care management of chronic conditions. The eventual net result, the study projects, could be an annual savings of 20 percent or more - a potential $400 billion savings to the U.S. health care system.

More than 100 million people in the U.S. are living with chronic diseases, and the cost of hospitalizations and chronic care management now exceeds $500 million
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