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.
Digital Medicine Is Table Stakes In 2021
Most every healthcare clinician and hospital has begun the digital transformation of aspects of their practice beyond just Electronic Medical Records (EMR). The evolution of new technologies for Digital Health, Digital Medicine and Digital Therapeutics are now providing the potential for revolutionizing the patient care journey.
Let’s start with a refresher on the scope of what is possible. The Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) starts by defining digital medicine:
“Digital medicine describes a field that uses technologies as tools for measurement and intervention in the service of human health. Digital medicine products are driven by high-quality hardware and software that support the practice of medicine broadly, including treatment, recovery, disease prevention, and health promotion for individuals and across populations.”
And the goes on to describe how and why it should be used:
“Digital medicine products can be used independently or in concert with pharmaceuticals, biologics, devices, or other products to optimize patient care and health outcomes. Digital medicine empowers patients and healthcare providers with intelligent and accessible tools to address a wide range of conditions through high-quality, safe, and effective measurements and data-driven interventions.
As a discipline, digital medicine encapsulates both broad professional expertise and responsibilities concerning the use of these digital tools. Digital medicine focuses on evidence-generation to support the use of these technologies.”
The core to success here is to be able to capture a body of evidence by collaborating digitally with patients to build a trust for quality and effectiveness.
Critical Success Factors To Revolutionize Digital Medicine
While revolutionizing your patient care journey may initially sound daunting, in practice it isn’t as difficult as you may think. The key to success is to choose an app that bridges all of the digital healthcare data silos and makes it easier for the patient and clinician to truly collaborate while being reemote.
An article titled “Digital Health, Digital Medicine, Digital Therapeutics (DTx): What’s the difference?” offers a number of critical success factors for consideration:
- Data & information capture, storage & display: including user-facing technologies, Health Information Technology (HIT) and consumer health information.
- Data & information transmission: including telehealth, decision support software, enterprise support and clinical care administration and management tools.
- Measurement products: include digital diagnostics, digital biomarkers, electronic clinical outcome assessments, remote patient monitoring and decision support software.
- Measurement & intervention products: including a digital companion and digital products that measure and intervene as well as do not require human intervention to serve a primary purpose.
- Treat a disease: digital therapeutics that deliver a medical intervention to treat a disease.
- Manage a disease: digital therapeutics that deliver a medical intervention to manage a disease.
- Improve a health function: digital therapeutics that deliver a medical intervention to improve a health function and/or treat a disease.
Revolutionizing The Patient Care Journey
Successful healthcare providers are taking advantage of the pandemic to implement revolutionary changes to the patient care journey. When a patient feels like they are actively involved in their own care with a feedback loop (and not just something else to do), you set an entirely new bar for healthcare delivery.
Noteworth’s comprehensive care delivery system allows integration and optimization with your EMR, and it can replace multiple remote offerings under one platform, reducing the need for multiple reporting overlaps. On top of which, it allows for a “walking diagnosis” and tracking of symptoms with Patient Reported Outcomes and Adherence to Care Plan, including Medication Management and RPM which allows for proactive care. Noteworth enriches the ambulatory patient experience and allows clinicians to practice at the top of their licenses by easily and effectively producing and managing the data that confirms superior clinical outcomes, reducing cost of care and improving patient safety and satisfaction.
Bottomline is that 2021 will be an inflection point for all healthcare providers to truly commit to a Digital Medicine solution and revolutionize patient care delivery by creating an empowerment model for the patient. Now is the time to see for yourself how you can provide unrivaled confirmation of superior clinical outcomes, reduce cost of care and improve patient safety and satisfaction by enriching the patient experience and allowing clinicians to practice at the top of their licenses or better yet, request a demo today.