Navigation Links
VA Data Show Home Health Technology Improves Access to Care

Peake: Entire Health Care System More Effective

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veterans with chronic conditions can manage their health and avoid hospitalization by using special technology provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in their homes, according to a recent study.

"The study showed that home telehealth makes health care more effective because it improves patients' access to care and is easy to use," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. "A real plus is that this approach to care can be sustained because it's so cost-effective and more veteran-centric. Patients in rural areas are increasingly finding that telehealth improves their access to health care and promotes their ongoing relationship with our health care system."

The study found a 25 percent reduction in the average number of days hospitalized and a 19 percent reduction in hospitalizations for patients using home telehealth. The data also show that for some patients the cost of telehealth services in their homes averaged $1,600 a year - much lower than in-home clinician care costs.

The authors of the study in the current issue of the journal Telemedicine and e-Health are VA national telehealth staff members. The study looked at health outcomes from 17,025 VA home telehealth patients.

VA's home telehealth program cares for 35,000 patients and is the largest of its kind in the world. Clinicians and managers in health care systems, as well as information technology professionals, have been awaiting the results of the telehealth study, said Dr. Adam Darkins, chief consultant in VA's care coordination program, who led the study.

"The results are not really about the technology, but about how using it helps coordinate the full scope of care our patients need," said Darkins. "It permits us to give the right care in the right place at the right time."

VA's Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Michael J. Kussman, said the key to the program's success is VA's computerized patient record system. "Data obtained from the home such as blood pressure and blood glucose, along with other patient information in the electronic system, allows our health care teams to anticipate and prevent avoidable problems," he said.

VA health care officials emphasize that home telehealth does not necessarily replace nursing home care or traditional care but can help veterans understand and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and chronic heart failure. Patients' partnerships with the medical team can delay the need for institutional care and maintain independence for an extended time.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. eResearchTechnology, Inc. to Present at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on January 13, 2009
2. SCAN Health Plan Arizona Helps Drivers Understand the Challenges of Aging
3. Cambrex Presentation at The JPMorgan Healthcare Conference to be Webcast
4. Medical Simulation Corporation to Introduce Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Program at International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare
5. Substance abuse adds millions to Medicaids total health care costs
6. Disability Healthcare Policy Forum to Be Held in Scottsdale, Arizona
7. AHP Recession Survey of Nonprofit Health Care Officials Finds Almost Half Expect Reduced Giving in 2009, Leading to Cuts in Hospital Construction and Equipment Purchases
8. Examines Healthcare IT Stocks
9. Alexion to Present at the 27th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference
10. Strike It Healthy Family Fits Trends for Coming Year
11. Summa Health Network Announces Contract with MDdatacor to Support Multi-Insurer Health Care Quality Initiative; Initiative to Use Clinical Data to Supplement Claims Data and Enhance Outcomes
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... The Foundation for Breast and ... prevention—is joining forces with the award-winning creator and writer of Downton Abbey Julian ... 2015 at the Union League of Philadelphia. , The benefit, titled “An ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Brenntag Specialties, Inc. (BSI) has been appointed ... Specialties products into oral solid dosage in the over the counter vitamin and ... to announce our expanded distribution agreement with ASI.” said Steve Brauer, President of ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Rosa, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... Management and Analytics for the last 15 years, announced today that Michigan-based Family ... A provider of care for over 45 years, FHC was awarded the largest ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... An inventor from Charlottesville, Va., is concerned about ... baby had high blood pressure due to loud noises," she said, "so I decided ... noise pollution as well as radio waves and microwaves." , The baby BABY MUFF ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... In an interview with Andy Mitchell ... top ophthalmologist on Long Island’s east end. During the broadcast, entitled “Eyes: the Window ... treatment of glaucoma and cataracts, and how a visit with his grandmother to her ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... and ST. LOUIS , Nov. ... (NASDAQ: ESRX ) today announced an early renewal ... which began in 1999, will now extend through at ... --> After evaluating pharmacy benefit manager capabilities during ... Express Scripts continues to offer the best health plan ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015 NHS Supply Chain ... TrueBeam™ machines from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: ... to replace older machines and institute modern radiotherapy ... public hospitals. The order, placed in September, also ... for Varian,s RapidArc® and Eclipse™ software systems.    ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  Novartis will demonstrate the ... 57 th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual ... myelomas as well as supportive care, including key findings ... personalized cell therapies. The ASH Annual Meeting will be ... . Novartis Oncology . "We will be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: