Bruce P. Mehlman
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The REACH program, initially established by the Medical College of Georgia, puts stroke specialists in touch with rural hospitals and physicians statewide for consultation on key treatment options during the critical three hours after a stroke.
The University of Arkansas’ ANGELS program connects physicians at more than 40 sites with pregnant women in rural communities to improve pre-natal care and reduce the number of low birth weight babies.
In 2005, the program’s call center received an average of 2,500 calls a month and facilitated more than 400 critical hospital transports.
The 82-site Missouri Telehealth Network provides services in more than 15 different medical specialties, with a majority of the work coming from radiology, mental health, dermatology and cardiology.
To date, more than 11,000 interactive video encounters and 57,500 Teleradiology exams have been conducted. The Missouri Telehealth Network uses T1 (Frame Relay) connections to each site to provide dynamic bandwidth allocation for voice, video and data.
The Downstate Illinois Regional Telehealth Program uses T1 lines, DSL, and Cable to develop community-institutional partnerships to strengthen local health care capacity through the use of advanced technologies.
They provide medical education and training to 52 rural hospitals through videoconferencing, satellite broadcasts and web streaming.
The Alaska Federal Healthcare Access Network (AFHCAN) links more than 248 sites including:
military installations; Alaska Native health facilities; regional hospitals; small village clinics; and, state of Alaska public health nursing stations for a range of healthcare services using a variety of high-speed broadband services including satellite.
And a study by economist Robert Litan projected that broadband-based monitoring could cut medical costs for senior citizens by about 30 percent.
Penn State University estimated that remote home health monitoring for one group of diabetes patients cut costs for hospital care 69 percent, from almost $283,000 to approximately $87,000 per patient.
Small pilot projects have produced significant reductions in hospital admissions and the cost of care.
A Veterans Administration study of one remote monitoring program showed a 40 percent cut in emergency room visits and a 63 percent reduction in hospital admissions.
Mr. Obama has said digitizing health care could save as much as $77 billion and pay for a lot of other health care reform.
The $77 billion figure comes from a Rand Corp. study, however, that adds that kind of savings wouldn’t likely be achieved until 2019—and only if 90% of hospitals and doctors are online by then.
Remote patient monitoring could cut overall health care expenditures by 25%
Broadband-based remote monitoring for all chronically ill patients could reduce hospital, outpatient, and drug expenses by 30% - reducing overall health care expenses for the U.S. by roughly 25% or about $350 billion annually.