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.
Why Digital Medicine? Why Now?
Although Digital Medicine is becoming more understood and even implemented, it is still a bit of an enigma to many in the healthcare field. While it may be obvious that Digital Medicine is automating more of the healthcare journey than just data stored in Electronic Healthcare Records databases, the value it delivers to all involved in that care journey may not be obvious. We have discussed this at length in a previous blog titled “Why Digital Medicine? Why Now?” and our CEO has recently had an article published in Healthcare IT Today titled “2021 Will Bring Renewed Focus to Delivering Digital Healthcare to Rural America” that should be requisite reading for you in your free time.
Justin also offered this 2021 prediction in HealthIT Answers:
“Digital Medicine will continue to adjust and change based on new technologies, patient needs and insurance reimbursement trends. We are seeing clinicians and health systems changing behaviors quickly as patients are making health choices around many variables including forward thinking technology, pandemic safety and flexibility options for patients including a blend of virtual, on-demand and in-person care. As AI and risk modeling move to the forefront, we will continue to see exciting shifts in proactive care in 2021 and beyond.”
Big Data Meets Digital Medicine
We have bogged previously on how “Digital Healthcare Requires Healthy Data” as well as “How To achieve Digital Medicine”. Both of these blogs will give you a prerequisite understanding of the value of digital medicine as well as the innate need to bridge the currently disparate data silos that pervade digital healthcare. Let’s now look into the value big data brings to bridging those data silos and a means to help transform the patient care journey.
A Techspective article titled “How Big Data Will Accelerate the Future of Digital Medicine in 2021” offered this opinion:
“In the coming year, there will be a renewed focus on healthcare providers needing to shift their business models to highlight the new need to make healthcare accessible and effective regardless of geography, location, and mobility. This will need to be done while also engaging and empowering patients in their own wellness. A recent report highlighted that over 30% of the population has delayed seeing a doctor during the pandemic. Powering digital medicine platforms with big data and IoT devices ensures clinicians receive access to the entire scope of a patient’s health information while reducing the need for in-person visits and improving patient outcomes.
The ability to use big data in healthcare through digital medicine will prove to be invaluable for healthcare organizations as they work through the pandemic and the new world it has created. Having access to relevant data through digital medicine is helpful because it provides more opportunities for proactive intervention and a more accurate view of the patients’ health with consolidated real-time information.”
The article goes on to share more value on what big data provides:
“When it comes to digital medicine, big data can improve communication and strengthen relationships between patients and their various healthcare providers. This is largely because the use of digital medicine platforms feel much more comfortable and personalized for many patients. It not only allows them to take a more active approach in their own healthcare, but gives them access to their clinicians more freely and frequently. It also allows the care team to be much more connected to the patients’ day to day progress and highlights potential intervention needs before they become critical. Risk modeling and stratification will continue to evolve, allowing clinicians to collaborate with AI and Big Data to make more accurate predictions of where a patient’s health is trending.”
The Future Of Digital Medicine
The future of digital medicine is here today. You now have mobile app that communicate with cloud-based, HIPAA compliant platforms that facilitate cross clinician communication so that the patent become the #1 priority and their welfare and safety is improved because the information is shared. Imagine a pregnant diabetic patient and envision how both their obstetrician and endocrinologist can better understand the implications of each other’s treatment plans in relation to the other.
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.
Are you ready to digitize all aspects of your practice and take the steps necessary to revolutionize your patient care journey? 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.