“Healthcare innovators are rising to the challenge where traditional players have stumbled in spaces like patient cost savings.”
AristaMD’s eConsult and Referral Management solution has been nominated as an amazing company in the Patient Cost Saving space. Our eConsults are a great way to support value-based care (VBC) programs that save patients and practices thousands of dollars each year.
This year, while financial challenges remain, the Digital Health Awards continues to seek digital health companies to improve affordability of and, consequently, patient access to excellent healthcare.
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Increase safety-net capacity and patient cost savings with greater access
As community health centers (CHCs) are challenged to integrate care across the continuum and deliver value to safety-net healthcare settings, there are also pushed to improve quality, patient satisfaction and patient cost savings. eConsult platforms are a means of digitally enhancing safety-net capacity by increasing access to specialist care while retaining patients in primary care settings when it is appropriate and more cost-effective to do so.
Over 24 million Americans rely on CHCs, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), as their initial point of access to healthcare services. The health services being offered to these “safety-net” healthcare patients must evolve to meet the changing demographics and health needs of this complex population. CHCs must evolve their service-delivery models from just identifying and treating patients with acute conditions to being able to manage this population with a high prevalence of chronic and complex conditions, across a continuum of care. Up to 25 percent of CHC visits generate referrals to outside providers, and these sites could benefit from improved solutions to deliver closer integration between hospital and clinic-based components of care.
Coordinating Safety-Net Services
Delivering a high level of care coordination across numerous providers in varying settings is critical for safety-net healthcare clinics, which are mandated to provide primary care, preventive medical care, and designated non-medical services, including counseling, transportation, and language services for their patients. New models of care such as the Primary Care Medical Home and new technologies like the electronic health record (EHR) are improving care management and reducing its fragmentation at individual sites, but outcomes vary from clinic to clinic.