Remote Patient Monitoring in Tennesee

Via the Chattanooga Times Free Press BC/BS of Tennesee is rolling out a connected health plan for Medicare recipients beginning in January.

Enrollees in BlueCross’ private Medicare Advantage plan — an alternative to traditional Medicare — can enter their own personal health information, such as what medications they are taking, health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, and medical procedure history, into the password-protected Web site, said Lisa Smith, manager of BlueCross’ online health record. They then receive articles, personalized reminders and outreach from their care managers that are relevant to them.
Interesting foray into connected health, but what the article doesn't mention is the fact that soon devices will be available for remote monitoring. Think, blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors, pulse oximeters, etc. This type of monitoring, remotely, is where health care is going. Increasingly you see article, companies and doctors embracing the fact that health care can be delivered, with great efficacy, remotely. Remote monitoring can also increase compliance, health and be done at a lower cost. Wow, sounds like the Holy Grail, doesn't it. Not to overpromise, but there is tremendous opportunity and with President-Elect Obama and consortiums such as the Continua Alliance I suspect/expect that that the next 4+ years will see a tremendous amount of change when it comes to health care delivery.
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