Disease Management (DM) is rapidly becoming an important force in the late 20th and early 21st century as a strategy for
managing the chronic illness of large populations. Great hope has been placed on the ability of organized systems to deliver
optimal care, improve quality, and reduce overall medical costs. The logic behind the movement is clear: to apply the substantial
body of knowledge learned from evidence-based clinical trials and move their results into general application in the population
at large. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the knowledge developed from randomized trials move only slowly into the
population and that accelerated application of principles learned can have substantial impact on the overall health and
costs of ill individuals. Advocates suggest DM programs fill an existing gap in our healthcare system by fostering adherence
to evidence-based practices and providing patients with chronic conditions support for self-care previously unavailable.
This support addresses maximizing patient functionality, minimizing disease, disability, and death and improving the efficiency
and cost-effectiveness of patient care delivery.
Disease Managements potential importance is also underscored by the Institute of Medicine’s (division of the National Academy
of Science) call for improved care for common chronic conditions, which undoubtedly played a significant role in the federal
government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) undertaking disease management pilot programs.
By integrating together data from all patient management systems, the Ventricle Information Portal allows the management
of Patients by Disease type or comorbidities.
Patients often are challenged with many complex and interacting disease states, many disease management systems are optimized
to deal with a single disease, like diabetes, or COPD. The Ventricle Information Portal approach allows integrated care
and understanding by the entire team of specialists that is working with the patients.