More and more medical providers are turning Chronic Care Management (CCM) services with software and hardware solutions to implement the medicare program, according to a report by Transparency Marketing Services.

“Factors such as the explosion of big data, an undeniable shift toward patient-centric care, and the rising need to streamline expenses are all coming together to act as enablers” for the growth of CCM, according to the report. “Care management solutions and software enables healthcare providers to manage data pertaining to their members. It also helps healthcare providers to make better decisions and meet their goals faster by offering population management solutions to keep a check on costs without compromising on quality.”

As healthcare in the United States shifts to patient-centered delivery models, the healthcare associated risk shifts from the patient to the provider, driving the need for solutions that automate and connect stakeholders to ensure better care and better outcomes.

Also, the cost and need for chronic care services are both high and growing. Chronic diseases account the majority of healthcare spending in the United States, and aging population means that diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory diseases are becoming a large part of providers’ practices. Many of the challenges associated with handling surging demand for chronic care can be handled by chronic care management solutions.

“A typical care management solution first accesses the data of a patient to assess their healthcare needs,” according to the Transparency Marketing report.  “Care management software then provides health care plans and brings various coordinators on the same page so different departments can seamlessly execute the task at hand.” By creating single entity or platform where the healthcare providers, the patient, caregivers and family members can track and monitor the status of health care programs, care management solutions can make CCM easier and more effective for patients, and easier and more profitable for providers.

Some of the requirements for CCM such as reporting, electronic records, and phone and online support for patients can be provided for many practices by a single company or software solution, creating a CCM infrastructure that doesn’t need to be replicated by every provider. This makes CCM scalable and allows CCM providers to deliver the service with minimal modification to their existing personnel and operations.

Universal Medication Management in southern California, for example, provides an advanced platform for patient care management for doctors, therapists, pharmacists, individuals, family members, personal caregiver–and anyone else involved in a patient’s care–that centralizes all patient information and gives all providers access to the same information. This minimizes service overlap and saves precious time by creating a single point for all parties to monitor a patient’s condition and care. It also streamlines patient intake, medication management, appointments, patient-doctor communications, and more.

CCM service providers address many of the challenges facing healthcare providers, including  the explosion of big data, the shift toward patient-centric care, the increasing need to streamline expenses and tie expenses to outcomes. These solutions help healthcare providers to make better decisions and meet their goals faster by offering population management solutions to keep a check on costs without compromising on quality.

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