Archive for April 19, 2012
Making Connected Health a Reality
|Jim Post from Alere Inc., a solution provider company at the marcus evans National Healthcare CNO Summit Spring 2012, on connected health mechanisms.|
Interview with: Jim Post, President – North America, Alere Inc.
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“It is likely that in the next five to ten years, all diagnostic data will be delivered through a connected health mechanism,” says Jim Post, President – North America, Alere Inc. Such a mechanism will enable physicians to deliver better patient care. Patients will be able to live richer, healthier lives, and payers will benefit from the cost savings that derive from better health outcomes, he adds.
From a solution provider company at the marcus evans National Healthcare CNO Summit Spring 2012, Post discusses the extent to which connected technologies have impacted the diagnostics industry and how data-driven care will help to improve health outcomes.
What are the forces driving steep increases in healthcare costs, and how has the diagnostics industry responded to this trend?
In 1980, approximately 15 per cent of the population was obese, while today that is more than 35 per cent. Tied to obesity are a host of chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardio-renal syndrome, which if managed improperly, can be very debilitating and costly.
Moreover, the primary care system in the US is relatively underdeveloped. Patients with diabetes, COPD, or heart failure do not need to be treated in the hospital, the most expensive site of care. These individuals require frequent monitoring, and that is something the primary care system should administer, since it can be done more effectively and less expensively. But, what happens is that people do not check in with their general practitioners until a more serious issue occurs, and, at that point, they often need to be admitted to the hospital.
As Accountable Care Organizations emerge and as reimbursement models shift from fee-for-service to some form of capitation, healthcare professionals will be incentivized to encourage individuals to manage their health from home. In order for this transition to be successful, healthcare providers will require immediate access to reliable data. At Alere, our mission is to empower individuals with diagnostic solutions that will enable them to take charge of their health at home, all the while giving care providers access to accurate data that facilitates better decision making.
How does the idea of “connected health” fit into the picture you just described?
Ultimately, the output from one of our tests should in some way inform a patient’s treatment protocol. Now, what that means can vary. In some cases, there may be no need to change an individual’s therapy while, in others, an adjustment may be required. Additionally, a diagnostic result may show that a patient is in the midst of a serious event and indicate that he or she requires more critical care. Connected health systems ensure that the right decisions are made much sooner than has previously been possible.
When we look ahead to 2020, how will patient care differ from what we have today? What role will “connected health” play in that transformation?
Chronic conditions are certainly not going to disappear. Data suggests that the population with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases will continue to grow through 2020. With that said, the individuals diagnosed with these conditions will be much more involved in managing their own care than they are today.
Theoretically, by 2020 individuals will not only be able to monitor one condition, but four or five of them from a single drop of blood, and all from within their home. Moreover, results will feed into a broader connected health network accessible to all care providers, which will help ensure that patients, no matter where they appear, are thoroughly assessed, trigger provider interventions where necessary, enable the development of more informed treatment strategies, and promote therapy compliance.
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About the National Healthcare CNO Summit Spring 2012
This unique forum will take place at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, April 26-27, 2012. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on the healthcare reform, nursing in the era of meaningful use and improving patient care.
Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.
About Alere Inc.
By developing new capabilities in near-patient diagnosis, monitoring and health management, Alere enables individuals to take charge of improving their health and quality of life at home. Alere’s global leading products and services, as well as its new product development efforts, focus on cardiology, infectious disease, toxicology, diabetes, oncology and women’s health. Alere is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
For more information regarding Alere please visit: www.alere.com
About marcus evans Summits
marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit www.marcusevans.com
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