Home Healthcare Plays a Vital Role in Delivering Quality Healthcare Services

Anurag Sharma
Anurag Sharma

Updated · Oct 16, 2023

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According to Home Healthcare Statistics, Home healthcare refers to medical and non-medical services provided to individuals in their own homes. It allows patients to receive necessary care and support while remaining in a familiar and comfortable environment. Home healthcare services are typically provided by trained professionals, including nurse therapists, and caregivers. 

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  • The Home Healthcare Market size is expected to be worth around USD 797.8 billion by 2032
  • In the United States, there were approximately 33,200 home healthcare agencies as of 2022.
  • The number of home healthcare professionals in the United States, including registered nurses, home health aides, and therapists was more than 1.5 million in 2022.
  • About 12 million Americans receive home healthcare services each year.
  •  The majority of home healthcare patients in the United States are aged 65 and older, representing 86% of the total patient population.
  • The most common medical conditions requiring home healthcare include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Medicare is the largest payer for home healthcare services in the United States, covering approximately 42% of all home visits.
  • Studies have shown that home healthcare can reduce hospital readmission rates by up to 25% for patients with chronic conditions such as heart failure and pneumonia.

Home Healthcare General Statistics

  • By 2050, 80% of older people will reside in low- and middle-income countries.
  • In 2020, people aged 60 years or over outnumbered children aged five or younger.
  • Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world population aged 60 years or above will nearly double from 12% to 22%.
  • By 2020, 1 in 6 people in the world will be aged 60 years or over.
  • The number of people aged 60 years and over will increase from 1 billion in 2020 to 1.4 billion.
  • By 2050 the world’s population of people aged 60 years and older will double to reach 2.1 billion.
  • In the United States, home healthcare spending reach approximately USD 113.8 billion in 2022.
  • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of home healthcare and personal care aides is projected to grow by 34% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average of all occupations.
  • About 4.5 million patients receive home healthcare services in the United States each year.
  • Approximately 90% of adults aged 65 and older would prefer to age in their own homes rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living facility.
  • Home healthcare reduces hospital readmission rates by 25% as compared to traditional care settings.
  • Telehealth usage in home healthcare has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a 154% increase in telehealth visits in March 2020, compared to the previous year.
  • Approximately 82.0% of home healthcare agencies were reported to have for-profit ownership.
  • The number of patients who received and ended care at any time during the year 2022 was approximately 4.9 million.

Common Admission Diagnoses in Home Healthcare

  • Heart disease: 11% of home health care patients have heart disease as their admission diagnosis.
  • Diabetes: 8% of home health care patients have diabetes as their admission diagnosis.
  • Cerebral vascular disease: 7% of home health care patients have cerebral vascular disease as their admission diagnosis.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): 5% of home health care patients have COPD as their admission diagnosis.
  • Malignant neoplasms (cancer): 5% of home health care patients have cancer as their admission diagnosis.
  • Congestive heart failure: 4% of home health care patients have congestive heart failure as their admission diagnosis.
  • Osteoarthritis and allied disorders: 4% of home health care patients have osteoarthritis and allied disorders as their admission diagnosis.
  • Fractures: 4% of home health care patients have fractures as their admission diagnosis.
  • Hypertension: 3% of home health care patients have hypertension as their admission diagnosis.
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Home Healthcare Technology Statistics

Telehealth Usage

  • According to a report by FAIR Health, telehealth claim lines increased by 47% from 2019 to 2022 in the United States.
  • A survey conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) found that 80% of physicians were using telehealth in their practices in 2020.
  • A survey conducted by Harris Poll in 2020 found that 46% of adults in the United States had used telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • According to CMS data, Medicare telehealth visits increased from approximately 14,000 per week in pre-pandemic times to over 1.7 million per week in April 2020.

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM)

  • 23.4 million U.S. patients will utilize remote patient monitoring services and tools in 2022.
  • By 2024, remote patient monitoring services and tools are expected to reach 30 million U.S. patients.
  • A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) found that the use of RPM in home healthcare increased by 44% from 2025 to 2022.
  • According to a survey conducted by the HIMSS, 76% of healthcare organizations in the United States were using some form of remote patient monitoring.
  • A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care revealed that RPM reduces hospital readmission by 50% for patients with heart failure.
  • A study published in Telemedicine and e-Health demonstrated that RPM reduced healthcare costs by $5,240 per patient per year for individuals with chronic diseases.

Mobile Health (mHealth) Apps

  • As of 2021, there were approximately 340,000 mobile health apps available worldwide.
  • A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) revealed that the number of mental health apps increased by 78% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • About 75% of patients believe that mobile health apps would help them manage their healthcare more effectively.
  • About 76% of patients manage their chronic conditions by using mobile health apps.

Electronic Health Records (EHR)

  • The adoption of RHR systems in home healthcare agencies increased from 42.6% in 2011 to 85.5% in 2021.
  • About 89% of home health and hospice organizations reported increased efficiencies with the use of HER systems.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Home Healthcare

  • According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), an AI algorithm accurately predicted hospitalizations for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with a sensitivity of 84% and a specificity of 64%.
  • A report by Frost & Sullivan estimated that AI in healthcare analytics can reduce hospital stays by 20% and readmissions by 25%.
  • A study published in Nature Medicine showed that an AI algorithm outperformed human dermatologists in identifying skin cancer, achieving an accuracy rate of 95% compared to 86.6% for dermatologists.
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Anurag Sharma

Anurag Sharma

He has been helping in business of varied scales, with key strategic decisions. He is a specialist in healthcare, medical devices, and life-science, and has accurately predicted the trends in the market. Anurag is a fervent traveller, and is passionate in exploring untouched places and locations. In his free time, he loves to introspect and plan ahead.