The realisation of the importance of Telehealth and mHealth to patient outcomes
Telehealth and mHealth are both key to improving the current healthcare system. Whether it is deployment of clinical and consumer health solutions, or using smart phones in clinical settings, with new wearable devices such as the Apple iWatch, telehealth solutions help us realise the capacity for improvements to patient outcomes and the healthcare system.
The current healthcare landscape gives us little insight into the behaviour and activity of patients, and this makes it difficult to work out what is causing certain health conditions.
When it comes to patients, the behaviour and approach to healthcare is affected by the hassle of scheduling, long wait times and the cost of care. More and more people are now seeing healthcare as a last resort and innovative technology has become the key to delivering more efficient patient care.
Innovative technology in the form of telehealth and mHealth gives us the opportunity to transition from our current healthcare system to a model led by patient-engagement, driving a better living, reducing rehabilitation time and prevention of recurrent injuries and illnesses.
Technology is becoming more and more prominent and with new wearable devices assisting in rehab, mobile apps determining symptoms and monitoring, and smartphones and tablets giving your clinician instant access to you, we are beginning to learn about the more accessible, cost effective model of patient care, whilst all the time these technologies will enable ground breaking discoveries through advanced data gathering and analytics to continuously improve patient care.
The reach of Telehealth in the Healthcare Market
Telehealth’s reach spreads across all sectors in the healthcare market and it s growth is highlighted by the increased use of the he top three telehealth solutions; wearable’s, telemedicine and patient monitoring. These solutions these can all be used in different settings including at home, inpatient care and post-acute care and with telehealth funding quadrupling in 2014 to $456 million this is just the beginning.
The adoption of telehealth solutions at a clinical level is being driven by research and proof of concept however widespread interest in telemedicine is improving and remote care management technology is being developed to ultimately drive improvements in health outcomes.
Patient benefits, payer benefits and provider benefits
Healthcare professionals are able to gather and analyse the advanced data which telehealth can provide. mHealth application data, image file and sensor are a few which will be integrated and analysed delivering insights that will drive the adoption of these solutions.
The introduction of video consultations is becoming more and more popular and patients are becoming more proactive as they no longer have to make GP and hospital visits as they can be educated there and then. Access to patients has become so prominent that patients can receive real time information from their clinicians to their smart phones to help them give as much feedback to ultimately better their care.
By collecting and analysing a patient’s data, risk assessment technology can be used to identify patient progress and providers can then engage these patients analysing such data to deliver the right level of continuous patient care.
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