Home-based Care Management Programs Can Stem Rising Health Costs
However, current self-care technologies lack integration with programs
As stakeholders in the U.S. health care system struggle to reduce costs and improve quality, there is widespread consensus that any transformative solution requires the inclusion of disruptive innovations that leverage technology. Using in-home monitoring devices in tandem with care management programs to enhance self-care for chronic disease management and post-acute discharge monitoring is one such disruptive innovation.
"Connected Care: Technology-Enabled Care at Home," a report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, part of Deloitte LLP, explores how technology-enabled, home-based care management programs are one solution to stem the tide of rising health care costs and demand.
The effective application of in-home technologies leads to increased medication adherence, reduced avoidable post-acute complications and improved self-care management of chronic conditions. The net result is a potential annual savings of 20 percent or more – a $400 billion savings to the U.S. health care system.
Technology exists today in clinical settings that could also be used in the home to better monitor health status, improve clinical outcomes and coordinate care. However, the policies, programs, payments and protections necessary to integrate these technologies and devices appropriately in care management programs are woefully inadequate.
Ultimately, widespread implementation will depend in large part on the collaborative efforts of health plans, providers, employers, policy-makers and patients.
Series on “Disruptive Innovations” in Health Care
This paper is part of a series of reports by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions about “disruptive innovations” in health care. Learn more about the series.