Telemedicine is the use of medical information shared from one site to another using electronic communications to improve patient’s clinical health status.
“As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.” As fall numbers continue to climb, each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments and approximately 800,000 older people are hospitalized for fall injuries. Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement describes patient engagement as “actions that people take for their health and to benefit from care.” Patient engagement by its nature allows patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to make more informed decisions and adopt behaviors that facilitate improved health outcomes.