West Health is exploring how telehealth and connected care can improve how seniors age in place and lower healthcare costs
The United States is going through a fundamental shift in its demographics. By 2035, there will be more seniors than children under the age of 18. This comes as the number of clinicians and caregivers for those seniors is decreasing rapidly, putting pressure on healthcare and social service systems to improve the efficiency of how they care for our nation’s seniors.
Telehealth and connected care have the potential to increase the reach of the healthcare system to where seniors want to receive care. Regardless of reimbursement and incentives, connected care and telehealth are essential for any healthcare system to adapt to our nation’s changing demographics and provide care that helps seniors age-in-place.
West Health is collaborating on research in connected care and telehealth for seniors and highlighting the need and inevitability of telehealth to provide efficient care to seniors. This includes research into telehealth deployments in skilled nursing facilities, health systems and PACE clinics.