The National Transitions of Care Coalition has cited patient education as a required component of post hospital health management and disease prevention framework. Today's technologies and digital delivery options allows health providers to target reductions in re-admissions, and emergency department visits, while improving patient compliance and patient safety within the hospital. One of the market drivers examined in the white paper includes taking patient education from hospital bed to the home through web access or mobile devices and telemedicine.
The newly released whitepaper, The Right Patient Education Tools: Strategies To Improve Health Outcomes and Meet Regulatory Goals gives an overview of patient education tools, defining high quality patient education and how it supports and aligns with Joint Commission, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services goals, and what this can mean for patients and health providers. Quality patient education delivered at the point-of-need has a lasting health impact.
The 12 page whitepaper examines national quality strategy goals and how they are converging to place a national priority on effective patient education. The paper also defines what constitutes quality patient education including the foundation on adult learning principles, medical best practices and healthcare national guidelines.
One example of potential high impact is heart failure, which remains a top priority in national health initiatives. Heart Failure is estimated by the American Heart Association to cost between $34-39 billion annually. The costs are expected to increase as more and more patients are diagnosed with heart failure. Currently one in five hospitalized patients is re-admitted with complications according to a New England Journal of Medicine study, a clear indicator of the long-term difficulties those patients have understanding and managing this condition.