Recent advancements in healthcare technology have drastically changed the operations of the healthcare industry. Meaningful developments in the acquisition of health-related data, patient-provider communication, and operation efficiency have given medical providers more effective tools, a broader spectrum of treatment methods, and more comprehensive information with which they can deliver value to the patient.
Medical technology has made numerous changes to simplify the healthcare experience. But when it comes to consistency in delivering value-based care, some aspects of a provider’s job will evolve as automation and patient engagement become more prevalent. With the increase in new healthcare IT and applications, let’s take a look at how the provider-patient relationship flows in a value-based care model ?
Digital Engagement: Allowing patients to take charge of their own health
Healthcare doesn’t occur solely in a hospital setting, a seamless value-based care model involves improving a patient’s well-being outside traditional healthcare settings. Adopting application-based patient engagement tools in hospitals and clinics plays a key role in helping patients to stay involved in their health goals and to provide them an opportunity to ask questions between clinical visits.
iPatientCare’s Patient Engagement tools help providers to stay connected with their patients. It allows secure communication between patients and their care team. Tools such as personalized patient portal software, iRemind, an automated reminder solution, and a patient-centric mHealth tool can develop value-based care management infrastructure within your practice. Adopting patient engagement tools allow patients to remain at the forefront of their own care.
While in-person visits will remain an important aspect of care, providers may soon be ranked by the varying types of post-operative recovery options they offer.
Promoting patient wellness with wearable technology
Developing wearable technologies and associated health applications will likely play an increased role in the healthcare landscape. Wearable technology can be employed to guide and support patients with chronic conditions and personal health goals. Within a short time span, information from wearables measure health objectives and identify changes in patient’s habits and developing conditions.
Several existing wearables have helped diabetic patients track blood glucose measurements and report changes directly to their providers. Wearable EKG sensors have helped patients identify irregular heart rhythms and alerted them and their physician of a possible health condition.
Wearable technologies are evolving to be smaller in design and more economically accessible. This continuous health monitoring and additional data is known as a personal health record (PHR). When combined with the electronic medical record (EMR), physicians and patients can make better informed care decisions.
Developing a sustainable virtual care model
An integrated virtual care model, telehealth, proves to be a clinically effective symptom management tool. It allows providers to remotely monitor patients with chronic conditions, which helps reduce costs and readmission rates, improve care quality, and increase patient access to care.
iPatientCare’s telehealth tool collects biometric data (such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and sleep quality) from a remote patient and transmits it to their provider for review.
If a telehealth platform is implemented successfully, patients will be your advocates, sharing their positive experience of quality, and easy-to-use services. A higher patient satisfaction may lead to additional business and increased revenue.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in patient engagement and quality care.
AI-enabled, patient-engagement solutions are powerful tools. With AI solutions, you can integrate voice-enabled tools or chatbots to offer engaging and personalized patient experiences. Patient interactions may be analyzed for high-quality intelligence reports to further improve your practice. Implementing AI personalization allows patients to become a partner in their own care.
Combining AI with data available from wearable devices will offer a highly comprehensive understanding of a patient’s health conditions, which will allow physicians to prescribe more personalized treatments. Utilizing well-defined AI will enable providers to shift from episodic and reactive care to proactive and preventative care.
New healthcare technologies are bringing change to the healthcare eco-system in the shift to a value-based care model. Evolving technological innovations have turned a disparate healthcare system into seamless connected care.
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