Connected Care is a comprehensive, patient centered approach to healthcare services. The health care industry is undergoing a major change with the introduction of wearable devices. This makes the health care more personalized and cost efficient. The smart devices can continuously collect, measure and report the patient’s body traits and the collected data will be transmitted to healthcare workers to keep them informed about the patients and can facilitate recommended treatments very quickly.
The connected care makes the treatments more accountable, which requires physicians and healthcare workers to off best care and reduce the patients visits for the same ailment. Connected care can further integrated with telemedicine, which makes the treatments more remote with minimum visits to the clinics and hospitals.
“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.” – Bill Gates
Benefits of Connected Health
- Enhance Engagement – Connected health makes it easier for patients to engage in their own self-management of diseases at home. Mobile, wearable, and wireless devices can monitor your blood glucose, blood pressure, diet, fitness activities, etc.
- Improve Coordination – Connected health improves family and caregiver’s coordination by sharing patients’ health information and condition with their family and/or caregivers.
- Support Clinical Decision Making – Health professionals can access patients’ health information easily via connected health platform. When health professionals have better knowledge of the patients’ health, they can make better clinical decisions.
- Promote Health – Connected health can improve patients’ health by aggregating health data from multiple sources, helping patients understand and monitor their health status as a whole.
- Promote Healthcare – Connected health can assist health professionals in improving healthcare quality and healthcare outcomes.
- Reduce Costs – Health care and insurance costs can be reduced by using connected health solutions to better manage chronic diseases.
Interoperability, Remote patient monitoring and Telehealth
Interoperability finds its value and purpose in electronic health record (EHR) systems, for example. A core characteristic of the EHR’s multi-faceted record development and flexibility for care management and decision-making is that data flows between providers.
Remote patient monitoring involves the use of smart devices and systems that help ensure patients receive proper treatment, as well as detect when patients are stable or in distress, particularly in the process of chronic disease management and for those aging in place.
Remote patient monitoring refers to a coordinated system that uses one or more home-based or mobile monitoring devices that transmit vital-sign data or information on activities of daily living that are subsequently reviewed by a health care professional. CMS values remote patient monitoring services in the same way it values other physician services.
Telehealth involves the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.