Patients with Crohn’s disease who used a digital care coordination solution were more likely to stay out of the hospital, reducing the annual medical cost for each person by $6,500, according to new research.
When people with Crohn’s disease worked together with their gastroenterologists to detect and address worsening symptoms sooner using a digital care coordination solution, they were more likely to stay out of the hospital, a new study has found.
This reduced the annual medical cost for each person by $6,500, according to research from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and SonarMD, a population health company that provides clinical decision support and patient engagement tools to help payers improve the health of patients with complex, chronic conditions.
“Those savings come from avoided hospitalizations and outpatient visits,” Lawrence Kosinski, M.D., a practicing gastroenterologist and SonarMD’s founder and chief medical officer, said in a statement.
As part of a collaboration between the two companies, researchers compared a group of 176 Crohn’s disease patients who were enrolled in SonarMD’s solution to a matched control group during a two-year period.
This study proves that SonarMD’s care coordination solution can lead to significant cost savings for patient populations with high-beta conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Kosinski said. High-beta conditions are symptomatic, chronic and likely to deteriorate rapidly—leading to complications, hospitalizations and highly variable per capita costs. These conditions are often treated with high-cost therapeutics, such as specialty drugs.