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Digital technology is improving patient engagement, which is crucial for creating better patient health outcomes.
FREMONT, CA: With technological advancements, healthcare providers and patients can connect easily outside of the traditional healthcare system. Digital technology in healthcare relies upon communication between patients and healthcare providers, between medical devices, departments and medical facilities. When patients are well communicated with, they can be easily engaged in their healthcare, which leads to better treatment and health outcomes.
Here are some of the technologies playing a significant role in enhancing patient engagement:
Wearables and remote monitoring
This enhances the user experience by increasing patient engagement at a minimal cost. These devices provide real-time data to healthcare providers for regular monitoring and immediate treatment if required. Using wearables, patients can improve their self-care.
Personal health management tools
These tools help patients to collect data and monitor symptoms of their health conditions and their routine habits. Using these tools, patients can easily share their health data with healthcare providers to get more personalized care at lower costs.
Patients can connect to healthcare providers, schedule appointments, access their health data and reports, and pay bills using patient portals. These portals run on automated processes cutting down the need for time-consuming manual processes.
Virtual Health Assistants are being used for digital patient triage, real-time response to patient queries, and to assist, engage, inform, and empower patients from the comfort of their own homes.
Challenges for patient engagement are as follows:
Health data breaches are among the most common types of personal data breaches worldwide. People are more inclined to withhold medical information when concerned about their health care provider's cybersecurity procedures, which can negatively impact patient participation.
Fragmented digital user experience
The patient user experience has traditionally been disturbed and inefficient. The difficulty in building and maintaining digital front doors is that they must be compatible with existing systems in order to give clients a seamless experience.
A secure and resilient data infrastructure that accompanies patients throughout their healthcare journey and allows healthcare stakeholders to access patient data quickly and securely is required to create a seamless experience using data.