Let’s face it, usually no one wants to be the first to try something new when it comes to healthcare. Certainly, there are a tremendous number of controls in place to protect us from untested medicines and medical procedures but now that technology is stepping to the forefront a few new questions come to light. Why should I look at these new Digital Medicine solutions and when is the right time to begin the adoption and implementation of a solution for my practice?
Why Digital Medicine?
While Digital Medicine is a relative new concept, 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. The primary benefits brought about by Digital Medicine to specific target audiences include:
- Administrators: The primary value here is stepping into the digital age and revolutionizing digital Medicine. This is accomplished by removing the barriers of tech enabled care and provide unrivaled confirmation of superior clinical outcomes, reduction in cost of care and improvement of patient safety and satisfaction by enriching the patient experience and allowing clinicians to practice at the top of their licenses.
- Doctors: The primary value here is having your patients at your fingertips. By extending impact beyond the clinic and collaborating with patients anywhere they are with an all-in-one care delivery platform that becomes your digital toolbox like any other medical tool you use (i.e. scalpel, blood pressure cuff or rotoscope). Only now clinicians can learn about their patients in real time and drive interventions that matter.
- Patients: The primary value here is having a doctor in the palm of your hands. Patients need the opportunity to be empowered and collaborate with their healthcare providers. Tis will set an entirely new bar for healthcare delivery by creating an empowerment model which makes the patient feel like they are actively involved in their own care with a feedback loop (and not just something else to do).
Now that you see the benefits for implementing (or asking your doctor to implement) a Digital Medicine solution, the question that usually comes up next is a matter of timing and/or shifting other priorities. While the procrastinator’s creed says, “why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow?” there does come a time when for the good of your patients and the ability to stay competitive that procrastination is not the best option.
The short answer is because you can’t afford not to do it now. The longer answer is that IoT is becoming more prevalent throughout healthcare and bringing the reality of Digital Medicine closer to hand. According to a Computerworld article titled “How IoT is becoming the pulse of healthcare”:
“The survey of organizations with annual revenues of more than $100 million also revealed that 79% of the healthcare providers are already using IoT in their production processes.
Healthcare CIOs’ budgeting for IoT is on par with that of other industries leading the IoT-adoption charge, including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, energy, retail and transportation. In healthcare, according to Gartner, there has been 10% growth in budgeting for IoT in each of the past two years, with a 13% budget increase for the next fiscal year.”
The article goes on to also discuss the financial value:
“Medical devices, however, are by far leading the IoT revolution. Vital-sign monitors, pacemakers, and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) all produce telemetry data that can be automatically uploaded to a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) and used by a physician for more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Medical diagnostics make up a large portion of hospital bills, so whenever remote monitoring technology can move the routines of medical checks from a hospital to the patient’s home, the cost of care can be reduced.”
This begs the question of how much longer you can afford to not implement a Digital Medicine solution and take advantage of these benefits.
Digital Medicine Made Easy
The digital healthcare technology gap is closing fast. Those who jump firmly into Digital Medicine will not only lead their field and differentiate their practice but also set new standards for profitability and patient care. Selecting the right tool is not as hard as you may think if you partner with vendor who understands the unique requirements of your organization.
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.
Digital Medicine is a reality today and can be customized and optimized to your specific practice, right down to your branding. 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.