Saturday, October 20, 2012
I had the opportunity to moderate an eye-opening presentation (see Consumers in the Community: Tech Tools For Home-Based Monitoring & Support Services ) on technologies to support consumers in their homes at the 2012 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute. The presentation by Trish Cavestany, RN, MSN, CCM, CLCP, Global Director for Clinical Products and Services for Robert Bosch Healthcare focused on the use of technology to monitor the status of consumers with complex conditions while in their homes.
These technologies are a cost effective adjunct to traditional home visits – and are designed to monitor patient biometrics, confirm medication adherence, and conduct mental health status check. One such technology, the Health Buddy (shown in the photo below) allows patients to answer a series of questions related to mental health disorders (such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and PTSD) and uses an algorithm to identify consumers who are at risk. This allows provider organizations to use staff time more efficiently – focusing on consumers who are at risk and intervening before the consumer is in crisis.
Remote technologies, like many types of telehealth technologies, face challenges in adoption. However, it is not consumer adoption that is the impediment to the use of remote technologies. And, the currently available remote technologies allow content to be customized to meet the needs of each individual consumer. In the case study presentation of the Health Buddy, consumer preference for the remote monitoring systems was high. The challenges to adoption are largely around reimbursement issues. Whether primary care practices, ACOs, or behavioral health provider organizations, environments with case rates or bundled payments are more likely to find the cost-offset needed to invest in remote monitoring systems. For more information on the adoption of remote monitoring technologies, see Promising Medicaid Innovations In Purchasing, Populations & Organization and The Growth of Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Programs: A 2012 Update .
For a deeper dive into the use of remote monitoring and the results from the Dartmouth’s Center for Health and Aging Research pilot study on remote monitoring for consumers with SMI, join us for an executive webinar, Remote Patient Monitoring To Enable Better Care For Serious Mental Illness: The Health Buddy System. This OPEN MINDS webinar is available at no charge with the sponsorship of Robert Bosch Healthcare.
John F. Talbot, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS
For another free resource, see: Smartphone Apps As Surrogate Therapists all members
This is free for the next sixty days to all registered OPEN MINDS Circle members.