Importance of Home Healthcare

Importance of Home Healthcare

Alex D'Souza,Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, March 15, 2021

The progression of technology in-home health care can significantly augment home healthcare's role within the care structure.

FREMONT, CA: More people are comfortable with mobile devices and smart technologies that assist them safely age in place. Some individuals may be wishing to avoid full-time care in a congregate care setting due to a public health emergency. And telehealth use has increased, thanks to temporary widened coverage for medicare and Medicaid recipients. There's no question home healthcare offers valuable face time. Simply communicating with a patient can provide important clues to guide care. Wellness check-ins and telehealth visits conducted with a computer or smartphone can assist fill the void. Read on to know more.

The objective of technology-powered home care also encompasses helping mitigate the need for institutional care while reducing the financial and emotional burden of medical processes. Its kernel of success lies in knowing that chronic illnesses can be treated in the home through appropriate and continuous monitoring. This monitoring could trigger medical interventions that may be needed, most of which can be deployed in a home care setting at a lower cost to the patient. The use of technology could be used in offering near real-time information, which helps monitor key parameters to check the effectiveness of the treatment for the illnesses. This information can be made accessible to stakeholders in the ecosystem, like the treating doctor, nursing staff, other clinicians, and the patient's family, thereby optimizing communication at each step.

Remote monitoring allows doctors to consult and review patient data in real-time, thus mitigating emergency admissions and the number of visits and appointments required. Apart from this, technology empowers patients in quick convalescence; the volume of patients increases, and tricky cases can be diagnosed through quick participation from the medical fraternity across the world. Most importantly, remote monitoring is transforming health care in rural or emerging markets, making expensive processes more accessible for serious ailments.

Telehealth applications can improve the management of the high-risk population suffering from complex and various chronic ailments by offering daily monitoring, timely intervention as the patient's condition warrants, allocation of priority, and order of clinical requirements reinforcing the treatment and discharge plan. Visits to the patients can be planned when they are the most required and tailor self-management, training, and health education for both patients and caregivers.

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