DOTmed.com - Hospitals save millions when patients manage themselves
SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story


Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment

Never Miss a Story

Sign up for email alerts

 

More Industry Headlines

Hypofractionated whole breast irradiation: faster, cheaper, comparable — underutilized? Why is the U.S. dragging its feet toward faster WBI?

Global CT market to hit $5.1 billion in four years: report Product improvements and XR-29 drive the market

Medical World Americas 2015: What has Ebola taught us? Health care professionals will meet in Texas to see what they've learned from their mistakes

Health care survey finds doctors, patients OK now, but fear for future Survey: Patients happy with service now, but afraid for future. Doctors fear future cost-pressures

Memorial Sloan Kettering, IBM looking at computerized skin cancer lesion identification Image mapping could guide the way to more accurate diagnoses

Philips acquires catheter-based imaging co., Volcano May help Philips break into EUR four billion image-guided therapy market

XR-29's lower dose CT requirements: Will iterative reconstruction play a role? As the industry inches toward new dose requirements, some implementation questions remain

Is Obamacare causing emergency room crowding? No, says new study The Affordable Care Act is not the cause of the problem. It comes from a primary care shortage

Could microwave tomography replace mammography? New experimental technique offers greater specificity with no radiation or patient discomfort

Hitachi partners with iVu for automated whole breast ultrasound

Research shows measures to motivate
and educate patients may improve
patient outcomes and reduce costs

Hospitals save millions when patients manage themselves

by Carol Ko , Staff Writer
Hospitals may actually increase patient satisfaction and save money by letting patients help themselves. A report released in the February issue of the journal Health Affairs shows that encouraging patient self-care lowers costs, improves patient outcomes, and gives hospitals higher scores on patient satisfaction.

Health care spending accounts for over 17 percent of the gross domestic product at $2.7 trillion a year--roughly $8,000 a year per person--and is expected to reach 20 percent of GDP by 2021, according to government projections. In fact, U.S. health care spending dwarfs that of any other industrialized nation and continues to escalate at an unsustainable rate.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

VIP Medical, Inc. - A Reputation For Quality!!! Visit www.vipmedinc.com

Our primary focus is International wholesale distribution of Pre-owned Medical Equipment. We specialize in Respiratory Equipment, primarily adult and infant ventilators. All major OEMs supported. Call 703-589-0369. DOTmed Certified



The report, authored by eleven leaders of leading health care organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and Cleveland Clinic, argues that the right approach to health care overhaul involves encouraging patient autonomy, home health and care teams, and evidence-based best practices.

For example, Kaiser Permanente's Healthy Bones program, which identifies and treats patients who are at risk for osteoporosis and hip fractures, was able to reduce hip fracture rates by 30 percent in five years through a mix of patient education and home health care.

The report emphasizes the importance of utilizing innovative collaborative care models. At ThedaCare, a community health system based in Wisconsin, interdisciplinary care teams were assigned to each patient so they could come up with a self-care plan together. The program has reduced hospital lengths of stay, patient errors and overall cost.

The report also outlines opportunities to cut waste through evidence-based strategies. For example, one hospital saved an estimated $100 million in facility costs by making surgical scheduling practices more efficient, which resulted in fewer delays and surgery cancellations, and a more predictable flow of patients in the intensive care unit.

A growing body of evidence suggests that patients are more satisfied with their hospital experience when they are encouraged to play a greater role in their own health. A survey by Accenture finds that patients want more access to self-service options, with 90 percent of patients indicating that they want to refill prescriptions, book appointments and access medical records online.

Another Health Affairs study analyzing 33,000 patients in Minnesota found that the average health care costs of patients with more knowledge, skills and confidence were down 8 to 21 percent compared with less engaged patients.

Back to DOTmed News
  Pages: 1

Related:


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.

You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Advertise
Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Directory
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Requests
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Requests
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
Jobs/Training
Find/Fill
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Quotes
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Center
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Quotes
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2014 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED