Remote monitoring helps Henry Ford reduce admissions for heart failure

A remote patient monitoring program has helped cut expected hospital admissions by 36 percent for patients with heart failure at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Healthcare IT News reports. After six months of enrollment in a program that couples patient-centered team care with remote monitoring, admissions fell by more than a third, and the health system realized a 2.3-to-1 return on investment, according to Pharos Innovations, the Northfield, IL-based company that provided the "device-free" Tel-Assurance care coordination and monitoring technology.

Specifics of the technology are sketchy, but a glance at the Pharos Innovations website suggests that the vendor monitors care by checking in with patients via telephone and email daily, and connecting patients with Henry Ford's ambulatory services when necessary to assure regular preventive and follow-up care.

For further reading:
- check out the Healthcare IT News story
- see the Pharos Innovations press release
- peruse the Tel-Assurance page on the Pharos website