An interesting four year study performed by Rush University Medical Center regarding a Virtual Integrated Practice for chronic disease management. I think the lessons learned and the population they studied are pertinent to other large health plan organizations. It has relevancy to telehealth and patient transition from hospital to home or nursing care facility.
It would be interesting if the study provided the technological cost associated with the project. What was the ROI? What was the adoption rate of technology for disease management across the various demographics (i.e. young, old, lower, middle and etc.)?
I would have also like to seen a comparative study where non technological driven methods of care (i.e. continuous health education and patient peer support groups) may have on quality outcomes vs. clinician and technology driven practices.