Tactile Medical Announces New Clinical Publication Demonstrating the Health and Economic Benefits of Flexitouch for Chronic Venous Insufficiency-related Lymphedema, Compared to Other Treatment Modalities
“These data highlight the dramatic positive impact of our Flexitouch system on healthcare utilization and costs in a large and important patient population,” said
The study, titled Health and Economic Benefits of Advanced Pneumatic Compression Devices in Patients with Phlebolymphedema, was conducted by Lerman et al. and published in the
The study involved a longitudinal matched case-control analysis utilizing de-identified private insurance claims information from the Blue Health Intelligence® data repository, which leverages the power of medical and pharmacy claims data from more than 180 million Americans who have been members of a
Researchers found that management of phlebolymphedema with Flexitouch in addition to conservative therapy was associated with significant reductions in per patient per year total costs (69% lower than management with conservative therapy alone (P=0.001), 85% lower compared to simple pneumatic compression devices (P=0.008), and 53% lower than with other advanced pneumatic compression devices (P=0.032), each illustrating statistical significance). The lower per patient per year total costs were largely due to lower inpatient and outpatient hospital costs. Mattys also said, “This new publication highlights the potential for retrospective analyses of large institutional health plans in order to better understand the potential impact of devices on patient well-being and outcomes.”
Additionally, researchers found that the receipt of a Flexitouch system was associated with 50% lower rates of cellulitis, skin infections that are endemic to this patient population, compared with other advanced pneumatic compression devices. The researchers concluded that this finding represented a major direct health benefit for the Flexitouch system over the broader class of advanced pneumatic compression devices and supports previously published Flexitouch clinical data.
Based on the findings of the study, the researchers recommended Flexitouch with conservative therapy to reduce costs in patients with chronic venous insufficiency-related lymphedema, compared to the other treatment modalities.
Results of the study will be presented at the 14th annual
The study may be found online at: https://www.jvascsurg.org/article/S0741-5214(18)30983-2/pdf
About Tactile Medical
Tactile Medical is a leader in developing and marketing at-home therapy devices that treat chronic swelling conditions such as lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency. Tactile Medical’s Mission is to help people suffering from chronic diseases live better and care for themselves at home. The Company’s unique offering includes advanced, clinically proven pneumatic compression devices, as well as continuity of care services provided by a national network of product specialists and trainers, reimbursement experts, patient advocates and clinicians. This combination of products and services ensures that tens of thousands of patients annually receive the at-home treatment necessary to better manage their chronic conditions. Tactile Medical takes pride in the fact that our solutions help increase clinical efficacy, reduce overall healthcare costs and improve the quality of life for patients with chronic conditions.
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