Cost-effectiveness of telemonitoring for high-risk pregnant women

Heidi Buysse, Georges De Moor, Georges Van Maele, Erik Baert, Geert Thienpont, Marleen Temmerman

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Abstract

Purpose: Cost-minimization is a main topic in present-day health care. Clinicians are urged to keep hospital stays as short as possible, also in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments. At present stabilized high-risk pregnant women stay in hospital for the sole purpose of being monitored. Method: In this retrospective study the cost-effectiveness of telemonitoring of such high-risk pregnant women was calculated by analyzing the data of 456 episodes originating from 415 patients of the Ghent University Hospital. Results and conclusions: It was determined that telemonitoring made a cost-reduction of €145,822 per year possible. However, variables such as educational level, psychosocial situation, time-travel distance from home to the hospital, reimbursement system and actual clinical status were not included. Furthermore, the Belgian health authorities does not provide for a specific code to allow the billing of teleinterpretation of transmitted results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-476
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume77
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Electronic health care
  • High risk
  • ICT
  • Pregnancy
  • Telemonitoring

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