Humana partners with Philips on 2 remote monitoring initiatives

Humana and Philips partnered on two new programs that use remote medical alert systems to monitor Medicare Advantage members who are at risk of health complications, the companies said Dec. 4.

The programs aim to identify at-home interventions for seniors should they experience a fall or congestive heart failure. For falls, Humana will offer at-risk members Philips' fall detection technology AutoAlert, which uses predictive analytics to mitigate fall risk. The predictive analytics can identify patients who are at risk for emergency transport within 30 days to help care providers intervene, reducing avoidable emergency admissions.

For congestive heart failure, Humana will use Philips' remote member monitoring solution and measurement devices to monitor the health of select members. Humana is in the process of identifying a pilot group with severe congestive heart failure for the service. Members will receive an interactive tablet that syncs data from various measuring devices to monitor their health. 

"Our goal is to continue to find ways to help our Medicare Advantage members stay longer and safer in their homes," Susan Diamond, Humana's home business segment president, said in a news release. "We believe our work with Philips will help offer our members and their caregivers more in-home support and help them to stay engaged and focused on prevention."

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