AlwaysNear Telehealth plays a pivotal role in mitigating three major factors compounding the senior healthcare crisis
- The “physician centered” senior healthcare approach results in a highly "reactive" healthcare model. This approach focuses on fixing issues related to health after they have occurred or reacting to conditions brought on by naturally declining health that comes with age.
- Senior healthcare demand is increasingly overwhelming care providers and their supplied funding. There is no sign that this will improve in the future. In fact, most analysts agree that the issue is getting worse.
- The current primary discharge method for hospitals in The United States relies heavily on the senior patient to carryout discharge instructions. This is a major contributing factor for the high rate of readmissions in senior patients within the first thirty days of discharge.
Senior Healthcare Crisis
America is an aging nation whose seniors are living longer but with growing rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
In 2010, the first Baby Boomers turned 65, setting into motion a "tremendous demographic shift in the U.S. population“. A shift where seniors are more likely to live longer than their parents and grandparents. These Baby Boomers are much more likely to live unhealthy for a longer period of time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly 8 in 10 seniors are living with at least one chronic health condition; 50% have two or more. About 25% of older Americans are obese, 20% have been diagnosed with diabetes, more than 70% have heart disease, and nearly 60% have arthritis (a leading cause of disability).
As much as five times more is spent on senior healthcare (age 65+) than adults between the ages of 18 to 64.
In 2016, nearly one in five Medicare patients (20%) discharged from the hospital were readmitted within 30 days of being discharged. That's approximately 2.6 million seniors at a cost to Medicare of more than $26 billion, of which 65% ($17 billion) was preventable.
By addressing three major factors contributing to the ever-increasing senior healthcare crisis, AlwaysNear Telehealth will have a profound impact on mitigating the crisis.