Patients who receive nephrology care through telemedicine programs were effectively managed in hospitals.
FREMONT, CA: In tackling complexities in chronic kidney disease, telehealth is actively utilized today. They provide descriptions of real-world approaches to the development and sustainability of such telehealth programs. The concept of and the potential to offer health care from a distance has been appealing and has been practiced for centuries. Telehealth delivers one potential strategy to assist in achieving better health care, enhanced health outcomes, and reduced costs. Read on to know more.
Telemedicine is the delivery of healthcare services utilizing information and communication strategies to exchange data for the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses to advance the health of individuals in remote areas.Tele-nephrology leveraged these technologies to offer care to patients with kidney disease. Asynchronous telehealth happens when medical data are transmitted between participants for evaluation when convenient and frequently leverages remote monitoring devices like BP monitors. This store-and-carry-forward telemedicine method in the form of e-consults has been the most leveraged form of tele-nephrology in ambulatory settings. It can overcome limited specialist availability, travel distance, and other hurdles to specialty care for rural residents.
Other non-nephrology telemedicine services like tele-stroke and tele-ICU that leverage real-time monitoring has been deployed in hospital settings and have shown positive health results. In addition, telemedicine interventions reduced overall mortality and length of stay within progressive care units in an extensive hospital system without substantial cost incurrences. The Emory Tele-nephrology Program—affiliated with Sanderling Renal Services (SRS), a vast network of operated tele-nephrology programs connecting physicians in rural hospitals to nephrologists in urban and suburban areas.
The tele-nephrology program is funded through a medical director contract with SRS. The tele-nephrologists are compensated with a reimbursement rate for Medicare payments for inpatient consults paid by SRS. The rural hospitals pay a consult fee to SRS under a purchase service agreement to offer turnkey tele-nephrology and dialysis services to the healthcare facilities.