Programs involving at-home diagnostics are becoming more prevalent in the area of biopharma. According to one study, the at-home testing industry is projected to be worth over $2 billion by 2025.
The United States spends 17.8% of its GDP on healthcare, nearly twice as much as the average OECD country. Yet despite this spending, we currently have a healthcare system largely designed to attend to clinical variables, which, according to some studies, impact only 20% of county-level variation in health outcomes, while social determinants of health (SDOH) affect as much as 50%.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule Feb. 2 in the Federal Register that, among other things, allow providers to evaluate new patients for a methadone-based treatment via audio-visual telemedicine.
The Hospital at Home Act, which was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Governor Phil Murphy in September 2023 and enacted into law on January 23, establishes a state Hospital at Home permitting process through the New Jersey Department of Health that is consistent with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Acute Hospital Care at Home Program.
On episode 97 of PSQH: The Podcast, Dr. Maria Iliakova, bariatric and general surgeon, talks about the benefits of robotic surgical systems.
Concierge care programs designed specifically for urgent and emergency care are finding support from consumers who don’t want to wait several hours in an ED, along with primary care providers who don’t want to send their patients there. The service offers a cash-only alternative to the ED and could pull more patients away from hospitals and health systems.
A panel discussion at last week’s CES 2024 event in Las Vegas brought to light the challenges facing healthcare organizations who want to use the home for care delivery. For while the technology is in place to deliver care, healthcare executives have to rethink how they collect and use data from the home and interact with consumers.
Opportunities present themselves where machine learning, improved integration, and customer self-service options can remove some of the administrative burden on staff so they can focus more of their attention on patient interactions, pulling information from texts, call logs, the EHR, and more, and provide them to staff in an easily digestible format. Are there ways healthcare can leverage AI to improve the patient experience?
On episode 96 of PSQH: The Podcast, Kenneth Young, president and CEO of Medecision, talks about the importance of Social Determinants of Health data.
Health Condition Programs, which was unveiled on January 8 during the JP Morgan Conference, gives the online retail giant a significant platform in the healthcare space—and another reason for healthcare executives to fret about competition from disruptors. The service gives consumers a virtual link to a personalized care team to help manage their health.