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The medical industry is navigating through a proliferation of healthcare technology devices. With the digital devices seeing a surge in their usage, particularly in the medical arena, connected health is also witnessing a shift in its recognition as a health tool that can impact and improve patient engagement.
Connected healthcare enables the patients to connect with their medical providers more quickly and conveniently. It is useful in bridging the gaps between the patient, provider, and patient health. International Journal of Medicine mentions that connected health includes a broad set of definitions that encompasses terms such as wireless, digital, electronic, mobile, and telehealth. It further refers to a conceptual model for health management where all the digital healthcare tools are designed around the patient’s needs to offer an all-around medical service and care to the patients. Connected health and digital health tools have the power to enhance patient engagement, improve patient empowerment and provide access to adequate care.
One of the tools of connected health is telehealth, which allows patients to interact with their providers using video conference. The option of communicating directly via a mobile device provides the medical practitioners a convenient route for conducting analysis and providing a diagnosis and treatment plan to the patients. Telehealth has also bestowed the freedom to healthcare providers to connect and consult with one another in the matters of emergency.
In addition to telehealth, the secure messaging tool is also one of the connected health forms that support better patient access to care. It allows patients to message their medical queries securely to their health care provider at an instant. Although secure messages cannot be used to replace a healthcare provider, they can still be employed to mitigate patient concerns and doubts for the time being.
In view of these advancements, connected health is not confined to offering solutions that allow patients to skip a visit to the hospital but it delivers a solution where patients can themselves manage their health using connected health tools. This result is usually derived from the effect of using digital wearables, remote patient monitoring devices, or diet and fitness applications that foster patient empowerment. With these many benefits and services, healthcare providers have begun to realize the importance of adapting connected health to enhance patient care experiences as well as for their own betterment.