Publication Date: November 2001
Publisher(s): California HealthCare Foundation
Two-thirds of health plans use some form of disease management to proactively coordinate patient care and promote self-management. With the potential to cut direct medical expenditures, improve health status, build patient and physician loyalty, and reduce lost work days, both health care providers and employers are increasing their use of organized disease management to provide care and support to the chronically ill. This report introduces the forms and functions of e-disease management, reviews the state of the practice, and offers practical advice from early adopters. It serves as an information resource for potential sponsors and users of this emerging health care Web application. The information was developed from literature searches, conferences focused on patient-interactive support and disease management, a review of the proliferating vendor products and services, and interviews with vendor staff and project managers in implementation sites.