Farmington, CT (January 24, 2018) – From startups to large hospital networks, thousands are dipping into the telehealth world, but not all succeed. So what makes an effective telehealth program? The answer may be more simple than you think. A telehealth program that is not effective is often built from scratch, rather than bought or accessed via partnership. Health executives must be ready to fail, learn, and adjust their strategy as needed. That means finding their niche.
“There’s a reason Delta doesn’t build engines. Telehealth executives must recognize their niche, acknowledge their gaps and invite outside experts into partnerships that advance the cause,” says Dr. Jeremy Corbett, Chief Health Officer at Envolve PeopleCare.
As thought leaders in the healthcare space, Envolve PeopleCare’s parent company Centene recognizes its niche. Based in St. Louis, the Centene organization specializes in serving more than 12 million Medicaid members – many who live with one or more chronic diseases.
These illnesses can be avoidable through improved disease management among Medicaid members.
With medical costs costing 2.3 times higher for member with chronic diseases than the general public, the organization decided to focus 2018 telehealth investments on a single chronic disease: diabetes.
The organization plans to keep it simple with telehealth solutions for diabetics focused on user adoption, compliance and measurable health outcomes.
Focusing on strategy, partnering with outside experts, and keeping it simple help make an effective telehealth program.
Jeremy Corbett MD, Chief Health Officer, Envolve PeopleCare
Dr. Jeremy Corbett serves as chief health officer at Envolve PeopleCare, providing oversight and guidance over several aspects of the business, with particular emphasis on the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change™, quality, product development, and clinical innovation.
His piece, Telehealth Executives Must Think Strategy First, Technology Second, was featured on HealthTech Magazine. This publication focuses on technology and healthcare issues relevant to IT leaders and managers at healthcare and senior care organizations who evaluate and implement solutions. The HealthTech Magazine is published by the CDW.
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