Monthly Archives: March 2011

Telehealth Improves Patient Outcomes and Reduces Financial Expenses

THA Group was the first home health company in the Coastal Empire and Low Country to implement telehealth as a standard of care.  To this day, it is critical to our practice.

THA Group was featured as the model of successful implementation of telehealth best practices in the article, “Dynamic Capabilities in Home Health: IT-Enabled Transformation of Post-Acute Care,” published in the February 2011 issue of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems.

Using a longitudinal study over the period 2000-2009, researchers followed THA Group’s early adaptation of technology, particularly remote patient monitoring (RPM), to analyze its relative effectiveness in improving patient care at reduced financial expense.  The study found that THA Group reduced re-hospitalization rates from 38% to 20% and reduced its emergent care rate from 27% to 17% in its Georgia operations.  In South Carolina, the company reduced its patient re-hospitalization rates from 27% to 20%, and its emergent care rate remained stable at 18%.  THA Group also succeeded in reducing its number of skilled nurse visits per-patient per 60-day episode over 40% from 2001-2009. Finally, the study proved that in the five-year period after THA Group first implemented RPM, it saved $760,000 in direct costs attributable to making only necessary nursing visits.