Doctors have been given out prescriptions since the dawn of medicine. Consider leaching and blood-letting in the dark ages to heroin, opium and aspirin in the 1800s and the smorgasbord of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals today and you can only image where the concept of prescriptions will evolve next, especially now being firmly ensconced in the technology age.
The Age Of TeleHealth
It was only a matter of time that the healthcare industry would start to receive the benefits of technological automation beyond just specific devices like an MRI or backend services like EMR. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines telehealth as:
“The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, and public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store- and-forward imaging, streaming media, and landline and wireless communications.
Telehealth services may be provided, for example, through audio, text messaging, or video communication technology, including videoconferencing software. For purposes of reimbursement, certain payors, including Medicare and Medicaid, may impose restrictions on the types of technologies that can be used.1 Those restrictions do not limit the scope of the HIPAA Notification of Enforcement Discretion regarding COVID-19 and remote telehealth communications.”
As more automation comes into the healthcare industry, it is only a matter of when, not if, we will be looking at Digital Medicine in an entirely new light.
What Is A Ditial Prescription And Why Should I Care?
Before we discuss a Digital Prescription, we should first look at its analog equivalent. Most people know what a prescription is, but it is nice to look at the formal definition from medicinenet.com to breakdown the specific components:
“Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or device for a patient. A prescription has several parts. They include the superscription or heading with the symbol "R" or "Rx", which stands for the word recipe (meaning, in Latin, to take); the inscription, which contains the names and quantities of the ingredients; the subscription or directions for compounding the drug; and the signature which is often preceded by the sign "s" standing for signa (Latin for mark), giving the directions to be marked on the container.”
A Digital Prescription should not be confused with electronic prescribing (AKA e-prescribing or e-RX). While e-RX can automate interaction with the pharmacy, it misses the rest of the patient care journey. The emergence of Digital Medicine takes a holistic approach to automating the entire care journey and promotes a truly collaboration between doctor and patient while giving administrators everything they need to submit claims and rapidly process payments. Prescribing Digital Medicine is the ultimate manifestation of a prescription.
So, why should be considering Digital Medicine Prescriptions? If you prescribe a process that helps patients track their data, you will allow them to take that data and insights with them. Take it a step further and by prescribing process-oriented tools to patients you will actually create an opportunity for the diagnosis to move with the patient to other facilities and clinicians.
Delivering On The Promise Of Digital Prescriptions
The ability to successfully deliver digital prescriptions and have ambulatory patients actually be excited to not only fill that prescription by downloading and activating the app but actively using it to improve their personal care journey is not as hard as you may believe.
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 when the 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 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.