Eliminate barriers to effective chronic care through prevention, treatment and management.
Chronic Diseases Require Ongoing Care
The population of people with chronic conditions is growing rapidly. It is estimated that nearly 50% of Americans will be affected by chronic illness by 2025. Patients with chronic conditions account for 81% of hospital admissions; 91% of all prescriptions filled; and 76% of all physician visits.
81% of Hospital Admissions1
164 Million Americans Impacted by 20251
Accounts for 86% of Healthcare Spending1
Provider shortages and the lack of affordable care result in rural communities facing higher rates of chronic disease. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and alcohol and substance abuse are all chronic conditions that disproportionately affect rural populations.
1Chronic Conditions, Making the Case for Ongoing Care, Johns Hopkins University, September 2004
“As patients progress with ALS, it’s very difficult to travel – especially from rural parts of Pennsylvania to our academic medical center in the Harrisburg area. That’s why telehealth worked so well for these patients.”
— Chris LaCoe, Vice President Operations at Penn State HealthDownload Case Study
Telehealth for Chronic Care – Not Just Urgent & Acute Care
Telehealth technology can be applied to improve follow-up or lower-acuity care. Here are a few of the ways in which telehealth can address chronic conditions and support preventative medicine.
Patients with chronic conditions often rely on long-term medications. Telehealth eliminates communication barriers and allows proactive medication management without placing unnecessary burdens on patients or providers.
Telehealth can assist the provider in quickly determining whether a new symptom is related to an underlying illness or a new, potentially urgent issue.
Through monitoring for conditions like diabetes or COPD, telehealth can be a critical tool in prevention.
Solutions for Chronic Care Treatment & Prevention
Chronic care programs powered by Amwell offer the telehealth tools needed to prevent, treat and manage ongoing conditions. Improve how you educate and engage with patients, develop and share care plans, monitor symptoms and actively manage medications.
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