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Will Automated Care Plans Keep Patients Healthier?

Vanderbilt, West Corp., and West Health Institute collaborate on research to streamline and improve chronic illness care through technology.
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WelVU
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WelVU,
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12/23/2013 | 9:51:35 AM
How interventions are communicated and understood is still the key.
We applaud the efforts of the collaboration and look forward to seeing the results.  Our hypothesis is the type of communication that is automatically triggered may be the key.  If you have not already contemplated the types of messages and delivery mechanisms, consider how multi-media messaging may impact the effectiveness of the communication.  What is seen and heard is often retained.  What is retained is often acted upon. 

Congrats for pulling this type of study together!  @WelVU @tedouglasjr

 
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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12/18/2013 | 3:18:31 PM
Sounds promising
"Through this collaboration, we are seeking to create an automated system of care coordination so providers can intervene before medical problems escalate. This will benefit both patients and the healthcare system by avoiding medical interventions, costly admissions, and readmissions."

Well, I like the sound of that. If it works, it could be great for chronic sufferers who don't see options outside of frequent doctors' visits. The cost-savings could be extreme, and the quality of life improvements for patients could be great too.

That said, I hope some of this stuff extends the other direction. While people going to the doctor too much is certainly an issue, I think the reverse is just as important, at least on a macro level. As far as I can tell, the current system is designed to discourage people from going to the doctor until a medical problem has already "escalated." If we were to fix that problem, via technology or otherwise, I have to wonder how many of the costlier health care problems would start to self-correct.
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