Nursing Home Residents Reduced Hospitalizations With Telemedicine Technology
With today’s cutting edge technology in the healthcare industry, i.e. Telemedicine, residents of nursing homes can now avoid the high cost of Medicare and hospital visits. According to a study preformed by David C. Graboski of Harvard Medical School and A. James O’Malley of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, nursing home facilities which are more engaged with Telemedicine experience reduced hospitalizations, fewer complications from hospitalization and reduced Medicare costs. The study concludes that a nursing home that typically had 180 hospitalizations per year and that was more engaged with Telemedicine could expect to see a statistically significant reduction of about 15.1 hospitalizations per year than a facility that was less engaged. This translated to an average Medicare savings of approximately $150,000 per nursing home per year. With the annual cost of the Telemedicine technology approximately $30,000 per year Telemedicine providers will have to market this study to nursing home staff and doctors, as well as to patients and their families.