Digital Health Might Be the Answer to Patient-Centered Care

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[co-author: David Gruber]

It’s true that the transition from fee-for-service (volume) to value-based care has been ongoing for several years, primarily driven by Medicare. Value-based initiatives recognize the primacy of patient-centricity, prevention, earlier intervention, care continuity and non-facility community-based care — all important prerequisites to adoption of digital health by payers and providers.

The average cost of $1,389-$1,734 for an emergency department (ED) visit is far higher than the average primary care office visit of $146-$186, and far higher than a telehealth visit, which averages $791,2,3 — a mere 6.5% of the cost of ED visits!

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