Streamlined Enrollment Spurs Enrollment in Health Programs
Do you suffer from a chronic or acute illness? Millions of Americans do. Fortunately, many of these diseases are preventable and/or manageable through wellness programs offering early detection, improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy.
But some people with these diseases don’t know about these wellness programs or that they qualify for them. So, many illnesses—whether chronic or acute—go untreated or mismanaged for years, causing great pain and suffering.
Healthcare services can boost their programs’ adoption and success by actively engaging communities through education and awareness programs, using tools like websites, social media platforms, blogs, and patient portals.
Driving consumers to these digital outlets, however, can be a challenge for healthcare providers. Creating more streamlined systems and effective ways to get the word out with user-friendly platforms can help spur adoption of programs that can provide positive results.
Chronic and Acute Illnesses Make an Impact
Chronic illnesses, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, develop slowly over time. Chronic diseases are ongoing and worsen over time. Sometimes people with these diseases don’t even know they have them until it’s too late.
Acute illnesses, on the other hand, like a cold, an asthma attack, or the flu, develop suddenly almost without notice. They generally last a short time—often only a few days or a couple of weeks—and get much better over time.
Both types of illness make an impact. Chronic illnesses, for example, are the leading cause of death and disability in America. In fact, more than 133 million people in the U.S. have at least one chronic illness. That’s about 45% of the population in the United States.
Illnesses Exact a Heavy Toll
Chronic and acute illnesses exact a heavy toll on Americans. Below are some statistics that illustrate their financial impact:
- The total estimated economic cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. in 2017 is $327 billion, including $237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in lost productivity.
- The total estimated economic cost of smoking in the U.S. in 2017 is $300 billion a year, including $170 billion in direct medical care costs and $156 billion in lost productivity.
- Heart disease and stroke cost the nation an estimated $316.6 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity in 2017. That comes to almost $1 billion per day.
- The total cost of obesity in the U.S. exceeds $215 billion, with direct medical costs between $86 and $147 billion annually.
Reducing these costs—and the suffering and pain that accompanies them—is paramount for healthcare services.
A Powerful And Proven Tool
The Internet enables healthcare services to engage consumers with these diseases through education and awareness programs using websites, blogs, social media, and patient portals.
These digital tools are efficient, cost-effective ways of informing the community about chronic and acute illnesses and the latest treatments. They’re also effective ways to recruit people into treatment programs addressing their illnesses.
By adding direct enrollment links to these Internet tools, healthcare services can connect health consumers to available healthcare programs.
By including links to direct enrollment in areas that already exist, such as consumer information websites, or on digital test results often, there is a better chance at directing appropriate and targeted messaging to the people who need access to it.
Providing access drives the education process. It alerts consumers to conditions and treatment protocols they didn’t know existed and provides access to solutions that can help them better manage their diseases, including reducing weight, stopping smoking, or controlling diabetes.
Return to Health Streamlines Access to Individualized Treatment Plans
WiserTogether is helping employers and health organizations drive enrollment through streamlined processes, providing more opportunities for individuals to access individualized treatment plans that will improve overall health and quality of life on our Return to Health platform..
Return to Health is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that helps consumers find the best and most cost-effective treatments and recommendations for their conditions—whether chronic or acute.
The result: Improved health outcomes for consumers with chronic and acute illnesses and conditions. The web- and mobile-based platform also cuts clinical costs, generates faster recovery times, and increases compliance with best practices.
More information on how WiserTogether is helping its clients improve outreach efforts and boost enrollment, can be found here.
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