New research from Geisinger Health Plan, to be published in the December issue of Population Health Management, has demonstrated that a telemonitoring program significantly reduced hospital readmissions and cost of care for members diagnosed with heart failure.

The program, which incorporated Bluetooth scales with an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) solution from Advanced Monitored Caregiving, also improved the efficiency of care managers and delivered a 3.3 return on Geisinger's investment—in other words, for every dollar spent to implement this program, GHP saved about $3.30. The savings amounted to approximately $216, or 11 percent per patient per month between 2008 and 2012.

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