Vivify Health, developer of a connected platform for remote patient care (RPM), releases the white paper, “Aging in Place with Remote Patient Care.”

The paper examines the accelerated adoption of telemedicine and RPM during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides strategies to help health systems and providers create a new “Golden Age” for Americans in their golden years, Vivify Health explains in a media release.

Virtual Care: A Minor Role Until Recently

Up until the pandemic, virtual care played a minor role in the healthcare industry. This white paper explicates how the pandemic has created a good starting point for hospitals and health systems to broaden their use of telehealth and RPM for older Americans that should continue post-pandemic.

The study also examines how the gains made from a health and reimbursement standpoint can be carried forward to benefit providers and patients. The core areas discussed in this paper include:

  • How telehealth and RPM enable Americans to remain safely at home for longer periods.
  • CMS reimbursement changes foster RPM acceptance.
  • Scenarios where RPM supports and promotes aging in place.
  • Strengthening hospital home care programs through telehealth and RPM solutions.

Vivify’s research suggests that senior citizens overwhelmingly prefer to age at home if given the choice, but that desire may not always be practical. Factors that may contribute to aging Americans being forced into a facility include forgetting to take medications, risk of falling, lack of personal mobility, access to stores for food and other supplies, as well as the inability to show up to doctor’s appointments. Refined and enhanced stay-at-home services can ameliorate these concerns, the release continues.

“Vivify’s CMS experts see the June 2020, CMS proposed rule and requirements for value-based care programs, as a significant step in the acceptance of patient and caregiver protocols for remote care management for American seniors regardless of geography.

“The accelerated market timing and adoption of remote care is a game-changer for the entire market—allowing vulnerable populations to take advantage of the benefits of telehealth and RPM.”

— Robin Hill, Chief Clinical Officer for Vivify

The biggest benefit of these changes is for American seniors. The aging population accounts for a large volume of chronic comorbid conditions and more than half of the US spend on healthcare. Monitoring their conditions more carefully means the golden years for seniors will be spent at home with a higher quality of life, per the release.

Visit Vivify Health for more information about Vivify’s remote patient care solutions.

[Source(s): Vivify Health, PR Newswire]

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