Chronic Disease Management

The cost of treating illnesses, particularly chronic diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, heart disease, mental and pulmonary conditions) is placing an unsustainable strain on healthcare systems around the world. These costs will continue to grow with increased fragmentation within the system, especially those that create medical errors, redundancies, and an inability to prevent acute episodes.

An outcome-based disease management program requires a shift from an acute and episode-based care protocol to a wellness, prevention, and early detection paradigm that rewards seamless, compassionate, and coordinated patient care. EMED's good health informatics solutions enable healthcare systems and healthcare professionals to identify, validate, and apply new care processes and models and to deliver better health and better care at reduced costs through continuous monitoring and performance improvement. Central to the success of any disease management program is the integration of primary care and specialty healthcare professionals with healthcare systems to improve collaborative networks for the delivery of patient-centered medical care. The integrated patient information and clinical care process will deliver better quality while reducing costs at the same time. Furthermore, good health informatics solutions also improve interventions, the process of care, and patient experience, making a difference in their well-being. These informatics solutions can act as a conduit for best practices and regulatory and standards compliance while improving healthcare professionals’ ability to interact with payors and transform fragmented care to a value-added partnership, building seamless coordinated care.

1. Providing better patient care and focusing on the way care is delivered to individual patients.

2. Providing seamless, coordinated care so patients can move within the healthcare system without falling through the cracks or encountering gaps in care.

3. Ensuring that community population levels are part of the preventive care models to improve the fundamental determinants of health, such as obesity and smoking rates, which are critical in the long-term health of populations.

EMED believes patients must be given the means to take greater ownership of their care, harnessing tools such as mobile technologies and social media.

By leveraging mobile technologies and business intelligence tools, data warehouses can allow for better disease management, leading to improved outcomes for patients and lower costs associated with episode-based treatment criteria. EMED believes that this paradigm shift in disease management will lead to better, more connected, and more compassionate patient care and reduce the burden of chronic diseases by 20% over the next 10 years.



*2007 by Milken Institute
 
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