Category: Neighborhood and Built Environment

12 - Telemedicine for the Aging Population

Sixty percent of older adults manage 2 or more chronic conditions according to Healthy People 2020. All the more, the aging population faces many challenges when it comes to prevention and disease management. This presentation will deliver education and evidence on telemedicine as a highly effective and necessary tool for the aging population.


 


Telemedicine is not a novel concept, however there are now ways of getting the benefits of clinical care services such as RD consultations, physical therapy, medical fitness, and primary care through local health systems. Telemedicine services are not only excellent for primary care but for behavior modification as well in terms of weight, diet, smoking cessation, alcohol abuse, medication, and exercise. Additionally, the value of telemedicine has been demonstrated and payers including Medicare insurance are convinced. The Veterans Health System has 70,000 telemedicine visits per year and confirm it saves money in the largest health system.


 


Moreover, evidence proves videoconference appointments are shown in every way to be comparable to face-to-face in terms of diagnostic accuracy, patient acceptance, and cost. The best survey in this regard is in the definitive textbook by Bashshur and Shannon. The impending elderly population will be the leaders of electronic medicine in geriatrics if we offer them the opportunity.


 


At the rate of which an older population is growing, according to Association of American Medical Colleges 2015 report, calculates an 11% to 17% demand for physicians. Telemedicine creates a winning scenario for the aging population, local health systems and access to care while lowering US healthcare costs.


 

Stewart Levy

President and CEO
HealthWell Solutions
Bristol, Pennsylvania

Stewart Levy’s 25-year healthcare career includes leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry and health promotion organizations. As Director of Sales and Marketing at Novo Nordisk and then Merck, Stewart developed and implemented marketing initiatives for the largest payers and providers in healthcare, including government, managed care organizations, retail chains, and employer groups. During his tenure at Merck, Stewart was involved in helping develop the first pharmacy-based cardiovascular outcomes study, “Project Impact.” This breakthrough project involved the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) and helped document the effectiveness of retail-based cholesterol testing in reducing cardiovascular risk through pharmacists.

Stewart spent the next ten years as Senior Vice President and Principal of Impact Health, a national health promotion organization. Under Stewart’s leadership, the breadth of customer groups embracing health promotion expanded to pharmaceutical companies, food companies, advertising agencies, patient recruitment firms, retail chains and more. While at Impact Health, Stewart assisted and authored two outcomes studies.
The first was a three-year study with over 12,000 participants which documented the metabolic risk of Hispanic populations in multiple types of venues. The second was a pharmaceutical-sponsored study which documented the effectiveness of a targeted health education campaign with biometric screening on two divergent employee populations. Under his leadership, Impact Health expanded from a regional company servicing local employers and managed care organizations in the Northeast, to one of the largest national biometric screening companies in the industry.Stewart founded Health Promotion Solutions (HPS) in January of 2009 to focus on the need for effective, evidence-based solutions for chronic disease prevention, identification, and management. His expertise in the health promotion industry has led to business with government agencies, employer groups, retail clinics, insurance brokers, and other healthcare organizations nationwide. Stewart has presented as a leading expert in a number of healthcare conferences including the Employer Benefits Conference, Medical Fitness Association, Convergent Care Meeting, World Healthcare Congress, New York Business Group on Health, American Dietetic Association and Society for Human Resources.

Stewart Levy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and is a licensed Pharmacist. He received an MBA in Marketing from Farleigh Dickinson University. Stewart has served on the advisory board of a number of organizations; most notably, the Northeast Business Group and Institute of Health and Productivity Management (IHPM). He is also serving as adjunct professor at the Wharton School of Business in Global Consulting.