Digital companies are focusing on delivering better patient experiences and better health outcomes using Telemedicine. Health care takes a data-driven approach to understand the quality of service and get insights to understand the incremental benefit and cost of practices.
When you think of telehealth, you think of patients who want things at their convenience, on their own time, and wherever they happen to be. The healthcare industry has entered an era of digital innovation, as patients seek on-demand services because of their busy schedules.
Virtual visits where a doctor sees a remote patient over phone or video. These visits may not be as typical as traditional in-person doctor’s appointments. Still, one can discuss with a doctor, for example, lab results or receive therapy over video by a therapist or get a look at cold or cough symptoms by a nurse. COVID -19 accelerated the use of telehealth solutions . According to the report contained in a July 15 Health Affairs commentary, more than 9 million Medicare beneficiaries used telehealth during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Remote patient monitoring (RPM)is another area where technology is now used and provided by companies. This technology is used to screen patients at home. The patient usually downloads an App, and the app is used to report body temperature, heart rate, and other vitals. The app is also utilized for secure communication and messaging of other symptoms that they might be facing.
Predictive healthcare: At the beginning, we motioned how healthcare was taking a data-driven approach with predictive analysis. Another factor contributing to predictive analysis is in the diagnosis area of predicting what illnesses and diseases will become significant problems shortly. We observe the shift in Digital phenotyping, that is, collection and analysis of moment-by-moment individual-level human phenotype data using personal digital devices. In particular, smartphones to advance evidence-based research in the biomedical sciences are on the rise.
Behavioral health. Lastly, measurement-based care in terms of behavioral practices is on the rise. Behavior health practices are now harnessing existing and emerging technologies to develop and deliver evidence-based interventions effectively.
The ability to view macro-trends at a glance and drill down to analyze more specific data to inform and improve behavioral health is a transformative step in enhancing life experiences.
As digital technology changes, it will create new opportunities for innovative models of care delivery. The total value of a digital transformation remains elusive
Author : DJ Ursal – Chief Product Officer, Ellora Systems