Top Digital Healthcare Solutions to Enhance Patient Care and Improve Workflows
More and more patients are demanding self-managed care and expecting healthcare providers to have the digital and remote patient monitoring capabilities according to a Digital Health Consumer Survey by a leading company.
This impetus of necessity has increased exponentially as the world faces the public health crisis-COVID-19.
As a result, healthcare organizations are turning into active partners with their patients to provide them personalized patient-centered care.
In order to match the pace with peers, improve clinical workflows and withstand a new level of care, providers are incorporating resilient digital health solutions and utilizing new technologies that are promising to deliver a positive patient experience.
In this post, we will cover top digital health solutions that providers must consistently adopt to deliver high-quality care and address the emerging needs of self-managed care.
1. Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring Applications
Patients avoid hour-long commutes, long waiting lines, spending extra money and time to make an in-person clinical visit.
In a survey, 24 percent Gen Z respondents underlined the dire requirement of convenience of the clinical settings. While around 25 percent respondents wanted greater transparency in the treatment taken.
To meet these rising demands of sustainable care, telehealth applications have become a new normal to not only ascertain the patients’ needs but also to reach-out at-risk patients who needs emergency care in their home with an assurance of safety.
Telehealth/telemedicine technology or services connects patients with provider with their smartphones or personal computer, get care from the comfort of the home and establish a good bond with care provider with an ongoing online in-person visit.
Whereas, on the same account Doctors can reduce their overhead expenses, save themselves from exposure to infections and illness, and increase patient satisfaction.
That said, telehealth app development integrated with clinical continuum functionalities is counted as a top digital health solution to improve clinical workflows.
2. Artificial intelligence for Clinical Trial Research and Health Data Management
The convergence of AI and Big Data (patient data generated from medical research, hospitals and care providers) has led to an evolution of intelligent health data analytics. This data analytics helps in clinical decision making and early discovery of potential threats that in turn, reduces the number of in-person doctor visits.
Plus, AI’s smart predictive analytics in clinical trials help healthcare professionals deliver accurate results that brings down the time and money invested in clinical trials.
3. Smart Asset Tracking with RFID and IoT
RFID or radio-frequency identification, another digital health solution helps in better tracking of the treatment process. The solution is present in multiple forms- from tracking surgical tools to tracking patients and staff.
RFID solution can be deployed into different healthcare facilities for tracking real-time visibility of equipment, inventory or even people in hospital. Some of its major applications are:
- Patient and staff tracking
- Surgical tools
- Inventory tracking
- Asset tracking
RFID can be tagged to patients’ wristband upon mutual agreement. Also known as smart patient tracking this helps in monitoring patient’s location when the staff is unable to find them or when they get lost in the hospital while wandering. This significantly reduces the time spent in searching patients.
RFID tracking inbuilt in apps helps to remind patients of upcoming scheduled events like taking medication, attending a doctor’s appointment, screening procedures, etc. Thereby, helping in smart tracking of treatment processes.
Some hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers also use RFID for inventory tracking or supply chain management. The wireless technology when deployed on barcode helps in reductions in shrinkage, increased product availability, and efficient handling of medicines. In addition, it can also help in drug authentication or as an anti-counterfeiting resource.
Advice to Healthcare Organizations
Patient satisfaction is lifeline of any healthcare organization. Leveraging the advancements in healthcare technology to provide personalized care will not only pave the road to sustainability but will also help in achieving competitive advantage.
So, without any further delay, healthcare organizations should rethink business models of their medical facilities with the aforementioned digital health solutions.
And to implement these technologies and processes, Codiant is your right partner of choice providing end-to-end healthcare and telemedicine software solutions and products.