Doctors, nurses, and even hospital administrators have been under increasing pressure from the federal government to reduce readmission rates and, ultimately, cost of care. Improving monitoring for patient health and communication among medical professionals has been one of the key factors that has helped these hospitals accomplish that goal.
One of the fundamental shifts that has occurred as a result of this pressure on hospitals to reduce readmission rates has involved a greater focus on home care. With increasing digital technology in the healthcare sector, more aging men and women are able to remain home while still receiving optimal support and monitoring.
Some of this digital technology involves monitoring vitals, but some also incorporates better communication, and not just between nurses, caregivers, and doctors, but between patients and their medical providers.
According to Health IT Analytics, in its blog, Improving Care Coordination, Data Exchange with Direct Messaging, writing by Jessica Kent:
“Direct interoperable exchange of health care information throughout communities has been steadily increasing over the past few years, enabling significant enhancements to providers’ ability to impact safe, timely patient care,” said Holly Miller, MD, Chief Medical Officer at MedAllies and co-chair of the DirectTrust Clinician’s Steering Workgroup.
In a recently released series of case studies, DirectTrust explains how secure messaging can facilitate seamless communication among different organizations to enhance care coordination and provider workflows.
Organizations can leverage Direct secure messaging to simplify patient referrals and appointment scheduling.”
As digital technology continues to ramp up its presence within the healthcare and home health care sectors, it will open up more doors and opportunities for people of all ages to return home more quickly from a hospital stay and/or remain home, even if they face lengthy and serious health issues.
This boost in digital technology within the industry also improves overall patient care because it allows doctors to more accurately follow their patients’ health even after discharge, and in real time as needed. No longer would a doctor need to rely on his or her patient’s ability to track their vital stats and report them or wait until a follow up appointment to see how things are progressing.
It’s giving patients a wealth of new options and resources while help hospitals and other medical professionals reduce the cost burden on the patients for whom they care. Digital technology innovators continue to seek out ways to improve communication and monitoring for patients and as they develop new ideas, the level of care at home will continue to improve.