An easy, free way to reduce acute care costs in cancer treatment
Updated: Apr 28
Acute Care is attributed to 48% of cancer care expenditures. What if there was an easy, free way to reduce that?
A premier US cancer center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), has shown promising results that could reduce acute care hospital admissions. These acute care visits account for as much as 48% of total cancer care costs according to studies published in Health Affairs.
Is it a dramatic new precision drug or an innovative immunotherapy that could reduce these costs? No, it is as simple as attending to patients between treatment visits! Sounds like customer service 101 in any other industry.
MSKCC started down this road with an in-house solution called InSight Care to monitor as-risk chemotherapy patients. Although the pilot program was not specifically designed to reduce acute care visits, only 13% of patients who participated in the pilot were admitted for acute care compared to 32% of high-risk patients who were not involved in the program (Source: HBR)
Why the urgency to find a way to monitor patients and intervene with proactive care before they need hospitalization?
“Most current oncology-care models can’t effectively manage patients at home. As a result, those receiving chemotherapy in the hospital followed by stretches at home between treatments may have side effects or other issues that send them back to the hospital for acute visits that could have been avoided with proactive monitoring and management; on average, they have one unplanned hospital admission and two emergency department visits a year. In addition to reducing patients’ quality of life and delaying treatment, these acute admissions are expensive, accounting for 48% of total cancer care expenditures.” HBR: Using Remote Monitoring to Reduce Hospital Visits for Cancer Patients
Providing proactive care when the patient is at home can help to avoid those costly hospital admissions in the first place.
Attending to patients when they are not in the clinic is exactly what Mobile Angel was built to do… and then some.
Mobile Angel takes this important research and dials it up. If your clinic wants to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, reduce costs dramatically, record PROs automatically, improve staff efficiency…you should try this free, simple and easy Mobile Angel app.
Is there a downside? None. Clinic wins, staff wins, patients win, caregivers/family win. It’s free to everyone.
Your staff can try it right now in about 5 minutes/day of staff time… and it is free to everyone.
Here is how to get started:
Download the app from the app store
Set up a test clinic… any name you want (5 minutes time)
Assign 2 staff members as staff and 2 staff members as pseudo-patients
Pretend the staff members are treating the patients and pseudo-patients are reporting when prompted (1-2 minutes/day)
Do this for 3-4 days
Set up real clinic (5 minutes)
Start using with real patients on a select basis based on care concerns
24/7 cancer care, redefined
We are evolving the app quickly and welcome constructive feedback. Contact us with questions on getting set up or to offer feedback!
About Mobile Angel
Mobile Angel is an intelligent early warning triage system for cancer care. It connects the care team and patients to provide proactive care between clinic visits and minimize delays in helping distressed patients. The free mobile app allows clinics to monitor symptoms and medications in real time and quickly communicate with patients in a virtual care environment. The app prompts patients to self-report symptoms and sends notifications for medication reminders. This allows clinics to adjust priorities based on each patient’s specific needs. The clinical staff can instantly see an intelligently prioritized patient list on their mobile devices to determine which patients need attention and why. Mobile Angel is based in Denver, CO.
Virtual Early Warning Triage System
Mobile Angel is a free telemedicine app for clinics to monitor symptoms and quickly communicate with their patients on a daily basis. No EMR integration is required. The app connects staff and patients in a virtual care environment to minimize delays in helping distressed patients. Clinical staff can instantly see an intelligently prioritized patient list on their mobile devices to determine which patients need attention and why. Learn More.
How will the Care Team be more efficient? Why will Patients do this? What CPT codes can be reimbursed?
Clinics and organizations with at-risk populations (such as nursing homes or cancer care centers) can benefit from using the Mobile Angel app and the app qualifies as both telemonitoring and telemedicine for reimbursement. Our Frequently Asked Questions page has more details. Learn More.
Detailed User Guides
Specific User Guides are available for all users – from clinic staff to caregivers and patients.