Peterson Report Finds Value in Virtual Musculoskeletal Solutions

Peterson Report Finds Value in Virtual Musculoskeletal Solutions

the Peterson Health Technology Institute (PHTI), which has begun conducting independent evaluations of healthcare technologies, released an evaluation of digital diabetes management tools that concluded the technologies do not deliver meaningful clinical benefits and result in increased healthcare spending. Now PHTI has issued a report finding that for people with a range of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, many virtual solutions deliver clinically meaningful improvements in pain and function.Based on review of scientific literature, PHTI said the evidence indicates that many of these solutions offer clinical benefits to patients that are comparable to in-person physical therapy (PT). These solutions also have the potential to improve access to therapy, reduce healthcare spending, and offer greater convenience compared to in-person PT.

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According to the report, physical therapist-guided solutions offer the most promise and overall value, as they improve patient outcomes on pain and function comparably to in-person physical therapy, with a net decrease in spending. For many conditions, they may be reasonably substituted for in-person therapy. This category includes Hinge Health, Omada Health, RecoveryOne, Sword Health, and Vori Health. In terms of the economic impact, the report estimates that if 25% of in-person physical therapy users with low back pain shifted to these platforms at a price of $995 per year, annual savings could total approximately $4.4 million per one million commercially insured individuals.

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