Telehealth, mobile systems among promising chronic care technologies

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Home telehealth and extended care eVisit systems are among some of the more promising, available technologies, geared to fighting chronic care, according to a new report from the New England Healthcare Institute, a health policy research organization that focuses on enabling innovation in healthcare. The report highlights a total of 11 underused technologies that have the potential to lower costs and improve care quality for chronic care patients.


The technologies also are divided into four separate classes, with those that are on the edge of widespread adoption (home telehealth, extended care eVisits and tele-stroke) in Class I, and those that are promising but lack research to support clinical or financial benefit (in-care telemedicine, social media and mobile cardiovascular tools) in Class IV.


Erin Bartolini, one of the researchers involved in the report, says reimbursements will be key to driving adoption, particularly for the Class I and Class II technologies.


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