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Chronic Diseases: Costing Our Future

Cronic Care
4 min readJul 2, 2024
Cronic Care heart failure patients are five times more likely to adhere to life-saving therapies (GDMT).

By 2025, an estimated 164 million Americans — nearly half (49%) of the population — will be affected by chronic diseases. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, asthma, cancer, and diabetes, are ongoing and generally incurable. However, they are often preventable and manageable through early detection, improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy.

Individuals with chronic conditions are the most frequent users of healthcare in the U.S., accounting for 81% of hospital admissions, 91% of all prescriptions filled, and 76% of all physician visits.

In 2023, total spending on public and private healthcare in the U.S. amounted to approximately $4.8 trillion. Of that amount, more than 75% — equivalent to $14,423 per person — was spent on the treatment of chronic diseases.

In publicly funded health programs, more than 99% of Medicare and 83% of Medicaid spending goes toward treating chronic diseases. Additionally, the total cost of obesity to U.S. companies is estimated at $13 billion annually. Health care coverage costs for people with chronic conditions average $6,032 annually, which is five times higher than for those without such conditions.

Many chronic diseases could be prevented, delayed, or alleviated through simple lifestyle changes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that eliminating three risk factors — poor diet, inactivity, and smoking — would prevent 80% of heart disease and stroke, 80% of type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancer.

Courtesy organization: fight chronic disease

Clinicians describe how Cronic Care helps provide better care to chronic patients:

Cronic Care’s Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) program is designed for patients dealing with chronic conditions. Using FDA-cleared, cellular-connected medical devices such as blood sugar glucometers, weight scales, blood pressure monitoring kits, peak flow meters, and pulse oximeters, we can capture patients’ daily vitals. These vitals are monitored remotely by Cronic Care’s licensed clinical teams.

Healthcare providers are alerted when patients’ readings are flagged as concerning. Additionally, a weekly patient report is securely submitted to the healthcare providers’ health systems. If there are any issues with the readings, the Cronic Care team works directly with healthcare providers to adjust medications as needed.

This approach allows Cronic Care to intervene in real-time, preventing costly and disruptive emergency room visits. The program is particularly beneficial for multi-specialty clinics, as it securely shares chronic patient information in HIPAA compliance. This direct integration with our RPM platform provides valuable patient data between visits, reducing the pressure on healthcare providers, who might otherwise see up to five times more patients per year.

The Cronic Care clinical team also alleviates the burden of phone calls and other administrative tasks that positively impact healthcare providers’ practices. By offering ongoing support and patient triage, Cronic Care fills a crucial gap that has been missing for years.

A common misconception is that physicians will lose a degree of control over their patients’ care in working with Cronic Care. It’s exactly the opposite, physicians are 100% in control of their patient care.

Benefits of our program for Physicians:

(1) Cronic Care’s remote patient monitoring program enables ongoing at-home monitoring for patients between in-person visits to their doctor’s office. By using a set of smart medical devices, Cronic Care collects patients’ vital signs daily and can detect issues before they escalate.

(2) Titrating medications for chronic patients according to guideline-directed medical therapy becomes easier when working with Cronic Care’s clinicians. The Cronic Care team closely monitors any side effects, creating a stress-free environment for physicians.

(3) We ensure there is no extra work for our physicians. Patient vital signs from our platform flow directly into the physician’s Health System (EMR) and alert them about red-flagged patients. This integration saves both practice time and the physician’s time.

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