When it comes to maternal care, women living in rural areas in the U.S. face higher mortality and morbidity rates than those living in urban areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that rural areas had a pregnancy-related mortality ratio of 29.4 per 100,000 live births, versus 18.2 in urban areas in 2015. Another study cited that rural residents had a nine percent greater probability of severe maternal morbidity and mortality compared with urban residents.
Hypertension is costly to the healthcare system. Patients with high blood pressure (compared to those without), had 2.5 times the outpatient costs, nearly double the outpatient costs, and nearly triple the prescription medication expenditures.
With just over 500,000 doctors in the United States and over 328 million citizens it stands to reason that some form of remote healthcare diagnostics is required in order to keep up with the demand. This is what drives the innovations around telemedicine and remote patient monitoring.
COVID-19 clearly garnered all of the headlines in 2020 but that didn’t stop the rising tide of chronic conditions and the highest mortality rate attributions. It is never easy to report on leading causes of disease and death and while the entire world has its eyes on the current pandemic, the seven most chronic diseases continue to deliver devastating impact by orders of magnitude in comparison to COVID-19.
As most people are still evaluating and setting a few New Year’s Resolutions, it may be time to add a few to your list as a medical professional. While the pandemic doesn’t seem to be lessening any restrictions, it looks like the need for remote access to care is going to continue to be the norm as we dive deeper into 2021. The need for digital medicine goes beyond just televisits and extends into the entire ambulatory patient care journey.
While the US government has taken steps throughout the years to improve healthcare in various forms, it is the 21st Century Cures Act that has had some of the most impact on the digitization of healthcare. The original act was passed in 2016and now the 2.0 version is set for 2021.
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As 2020 comes to a close, it is time to take stock of ongoing market dynamics (i.e. pandemic requirements), growth, patient expectations and the level of digital transformation your healthcare organization has undergone and is prepared to further adopt. Digital Medicine has become table stakes and organizations not already started down this path will find themselves at serious risk in 2021. The time is now to evaluate and put in place technologies that can dramatically improve your patient care journey.
There are too many factors to count that go into the patient care journey to truly understand which has the most significant impact if a better understanding was available. However, one factor has proven to have a significant impact of a clinician’s ability to better diagnose in order to provide more specific proactive interventions and that is the social determinants of health.
Improving the patient care journey is paramount to healthcare professionals across all disciplines. Especially based on the requirements imposed by the current pandemic and the ongoing need to address increasing numbers of ambulatory patients. A number of digital healthcare solutions have shown up in the last decade to digitize patient records and automate areas such as remote patient monitoring and chronic care management, but the best solution will ultimately be one that crosses all patient care boundaries under one platform and that is at the heart of Digital Medicine.