FusionHealth’s Dr. Durmer was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article concerning strategies for better sleep. As poor sleep rises to epidemic levels in our culture, it’s more important than ever to get consistent, deep, restful sleep.
FusionHealth executives, Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, Chief Medical Officer, and John Letter, President and Chief Operating Officer, were recently interviewed for an article featured in Manufacturing.net. The piece focused on the dangers and economic implications of sleep deprived employees in the manufacturing industry.
New research published in Medical Decision Making compared telemedicine—remote diagnosis and treatment of patients using telecommunications technologies—to telephone consults for pediatric cases in rural hospitals. The results from researchers at UC Davis in Sacramento showed that telemedicine saves more that $4,500 per instance, making the technology well worth the expense.
In May, Royal Philips and Banner Health—an Arizona-based healthcare provider—shared the results of their successful home-based telehealth project. The Intensive Ambulatory Care (IAC) pilot program showed a 27% reduction in cost of care, a 32% reduction in long-term and acute care costs, and an overall reduction in hospitalizations, lengths of hospital stays, and costs associated with outpatient and clinical services.
In companies of all sizes, workplace culture is highly influenced by employee perception of leadership’s values. In the last few years, more and more employers have demonstrated their support for improving employee health by increasing their investment in workplace wellness programs. Industry research shows that 91% of employers offer wellness programs for both medical cost savings and long-term business benefits that come from healthy employees.
Reported by Fleet Owner: FusionHealth was featured in a recent article by Fleet Owner for its sleep apnea interdiction program designed for Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL). The FusionHealth program is part of SEFL’s commitment to educating its drivers about sleep health, including the negative impact fatigue can have on safety.
Approximately 100 of SEFL’s drivers enrolled in FusionHealth’s program in 2011. To test the program’s effectiveness, SEFL compared those drivers with another group of similar age, gender, medical conditions, and claims-based expenditures who did not enroll in the program.
Within the first year of using FusionHealth’s system, at a compliance rate of more than 90%, the enrolled group showed a reduction in medical and pharmacy costs of 5%. The control group who did not enroll in the program actually increased those same costs by 11%.
SEFL also saw what it called an immediate impact in accident savings. In the FusionHealth group, preventable accidents decreased by 45% while the control group saw a 48% increase. The decrease of the enrolled group helped generate $600,000 in total cost savings over the course of a year.
Based on those significant results, SEFL is expanding FusionHealth’s program across its entire workforce. They expect the expansion to be completed by the end of this year.
According to new research published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, people who suffer with both insomnia and osteoarthritis (OA) could see improvement in both conditions when using cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).
New research suggests that children who do not get enough sleep at night are at risk for becoming overweight. Investigators believe this is because insufficient sleep results in lower energy levels coupled with a biological drive for high-calorie foods.
Digital health solutions, such as software or internet-connected devices created for detection or treatment of medical indications, are creating a digital disruption in healthcare. New research indicates that digital health solutions will save the American healthcare system more than $100 billion over the next four years.
Several years ago, after a routine surgery, Glenn Keller found that he was dizzy and short of breath. One of the doctors suggested a sleep study to find out why. At the time, Keller also said he had high blood pressure and was out of shape and overweight.