Integration of Digital health led to 54% drop in ER visits

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Remote patient monitoring, SMART FHIR, and digital therapeutics add up for boosting the outcomes and reducing the patient-care costs.

CommonSpirit wealth formed by the coordination of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives is the biggest U.S nonprofit digital health system. It serves over 20M patients across 21 states, and more than a thousand care sites are available. Also, checks over the COPD data for disease management.

CommonSpirit is leveraging the digital potentials and administrative and clinical processes for providing such services. It will help the patients to have better control over their care.

Propeller Health’s FDA-cleared platform helps clinicians and patients in disease management according to the COPD data. It also helps to manage chronic asthma and improve the outcome at a lower cost.

The platform leverages ML algorithms for identifying disease triggers and symptom patterns. Then it shares tips and offers medication reminders, and has a “find my inhaler” feature. In short, it keeps the patients engaged.

However, barriers were also there because of the innate disjointed administrative and workflow burdens. It was there for the care teams that offers the correct management program to the patients.

For enhancing the experience of the patient, they deployed a SMART FHIR application. It allowed the service providers to interact with the Propeller platform.

Their plan worked accordingly, and they have encountered a 54% decrease in emergency room visits by asthma patients. However, it eventually decreased 57% hospitalization.

It is said that the propeller solution can be managed and ordered to the HER just like any other treatment or medication.

Dr. Francisco said, “Organizations considering how to integrate digital therapeutic platforms and solutions should consider the importance of developing a scalable model.”

He also said that “We have established pilot programs within our care teams, leveraging HER integration and APIs, resulting in clinically led, digitally-enabled workflows that allow us to take advantage of the repeat and standardized deployment needed to launch for sale.”

Through this approach, they are focusing less on the point solutions. But, they are more focused on the solutions that can fit into the workflow of their care teams and their care pathways.

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