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Healthcare Reform Should Include Connected Health and Participatory Medicine, Says Report Submitted to President Obama by Center for Connected Health
Date:1/23/2009

t more population health management tools and for patients and consumers to take more ownership of their health," Kvedar added.

Recommendations submitted to President Obama's Health Policy Team outlined opportunities to create a patient-centered care delivery system, true payment reform that features payment for quality and not units of service, and incentives for widespread adoption of population health management tools and strategies, including connected health technologies.

The Center for Connected Health is already applying some of these principles in providing care to chronic disease patients. For example, one of the Center's initiatives is the Connected Cardiac Care program, offered to heart failure patients at risk for frequent hospitalizations. Data from a pilot study showed that Connected Cardiac Care can reduce re-hospitalizations by improving patients' understanding of their condition, and providing on-going nursing support and review of vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure, while the patient is at home.

"The combination of payment reform emphasizing quality and population health management strategies including connected health would be powerful additions to the health care reform initiatives already being planned by the talented team President Obama has assembled," noted Kvedar.

About the Center for Connected Health

The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, is creating effective, new solutions and innovative interventions to deliver quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. Our programs use a combination of remote-monitoring technology, sensors, and online communications and intelligence to improve patient adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. The Center also offers expert online second opinions, enhanced medical education and training, and engages in innovative research to discover new pathways to bette
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