Title

Cost-effectiveness of telemonitoring for high-risk pregnant women

Document Type

Article

Department

Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)

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.

Comments

This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication

International Journal of Medical Informatics

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