How Emerging Technology is Increasing Patient Communication and...

How Emerging Technology is Increasing Patient Communication and Engagement

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, April 28, 2022

Digitalization is being used in healthcare to improve the overall quality of patients' life.

FREMONT, CA: Persuading patients to engage in self-care is a true struggle. Essential behaviors include failing to keep appointments and follow-up visits, failing to take prescribed medications, and failing to take steps recommended to improve their health, such as monitoring their blood sugar levels or exercising at home.

Fortunately, internet tools and digital medical devices have already begun to address a crucial healthcare need and improve clinical care by bridging the gap between clinical advice and patient actions.

Clinical solutions for utilizing health technology to improve patient-physical interactions have been found and, when adopted, may result in considerable improvement in disease-related outcomes.

Stimulating Engagement Increases the Probability of Adoption

Integrating emerging technology into clinical practice has the potential to bridge the divide between patient behavior modification and healthcare practices. Wearable technologies, mobile apps, smartphones, and iPads all contribute to increased contact between healthcare practitioners and patients.

For instance, leveraging tablets and laptops mounted on mobile workstations improve healthcare talks, enabling immediate reply to patients regardless of their location within the medical institution (i.e., clinic, radiology, examination room, physician's office).

Tablets have improved patient adherence due to their portability and convenience of use. Compared to fixed computers or the piece of paper placed on the counter, this activity enables patients to arrange and manage their drugs both on the go and at home.

Another advantage of mobile tables is that they enable clinicians to answer patients' questions immediately by providing instant access to and referral to health information (e.g., test results, pathology, imaging, medical history, and prescriptions).

Even more significantly, it has been demonstrated that patient adoption of new technologies such as wearable devices increases patient engagement by measuring health metrics (e.g., steps, blood pressure, and glucose) and providing real-time feedback on patients' health.

While patient participation has increased due to health technology advancements, the objective is to increase adoption, and these actions are beginning to impact clinical treatment beyond blood glucose tests. Wearable devices also assist patients in monitoring vital signs through smart clothing that monitors heart and brain health using electrocardiogram (ECG) and electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors.

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