Cost Savings of Home Telemonitoring Insignificant, Study Finds

February 2, 2015 in News

Home remote monitoring of adults with multiple chronic conditions did not result in significant cost savings compared with traditional care, according to a study published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health, FierceHealthIT reports.

Study Details

The one-year study was conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic and Purdue University to compare the costs of telemonitoring and usual care, including:

  • Home health care;
  • Office visits; and
  • Phone services.

For the study, 205 participants were randomly assigned to either type of care.

Individuals assigned to the telemonitoring group, used remote care tools and vital-sign-measurement equipment, such as weight scales or blood pressure monitors. The tools automatically transmitted patients’ vitals to their provider where they were monitored by a nurse and medical assistant (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 2/2).

Findings

Overall, the researchers did not find a statistically significant difference in costs between the two groups (Upatising et al., Telemedicine and e-Health, January 2015).

The researchers wrote, “Early detection of health issues by primary care providers through home telemonitoring may lead to a more predictable average of annual hospital days and possibly the length of stay; however, this would require a larger study with greater numbers of patients.”

They suggested that future research should focus on identifying the right subset of high-risk patients that would benefit from telemonitoring to reduce hospital readmissions (FierceHealthIT, 2/2).

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