In a world where we experience so much of our lives through the extension of our phones and other portable devices, patience for outmoded services is declining. We live in a time of instant gratification. A time dictated by the ease in which we communicate and interact with every aspect of our daily lives. Professions that don’t adhere to this mindset are falling behind the curve, while those that embrace this revolution of portable technology are thriving.
As technology continues to advance and become increasingly tailored to personal experiences, it is no surprise that the healthcare industry has found a need to keep up with new demands. Increased populations and busier hospitals and doctor offices have placed a strong emphasis on looking to at-home treatment options to facilitate patient care. And telehealth services such as remote patient monitoring, clinical health call centers, and portable care devices have helped transform the healthcare industry for the better.
Bringing Improved Healthcare to Patients’ Homes
As the number of people living with one or more chronic conditions continues to rise, healthcare professionals are seeking alternative methods for treating patients outside of traditional settings. Through partnering with Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, organizations and providers have been able to extend the scope of their services to reach patients remotely.
Portable technologies and web-based systems allow patients to speak directly with doctors, nurses, and clinicians through phones, tablets, and computers. Using devices to obtain pertinent health data such as blood glucose levels, heart rate, and blood pressure, patients are given the opportunity to take control of simple health tasks under the supervision of healthcare professionals. This is particularly useful for patients living with conditions such as diabetes and congestive heart failure that require daily medications and constant monitoring.
Minimizing Hospitalizations, Workplace Absences, and Doctor Visits
Portable telehealth technology grants patients the freedom to bring their personalized healthcare system and access to providers wherever they go. This means doctor visits can be performed at work, on the road, and at home; providing increased flexibility without interrupting daily responsibilities. This also ensures that patients limit the amount of time they spend in hospitals, which are not only costly, but increase risks associated with hospital-acquired illnesses and medical errors.
In addition to facilitating a stronger, more adaptable system for patient/doctor communication, portable telehealth technology also reduces the need for workplace absences due to in-office visits, hospitalizations, and declined health.
The healthcare industry is stretched thin, and providers have long struggled with balancing their responsibilities and maintaining patient relationships. Portable technologies paired with telehealth services such as remote patient monitoring and clinical health call centers can alleviate so many of the concerns of today’s healthcare system while improving health outcomes.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, one of the leading telehealth monitoring companies in the U.S. Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, a lecturer for Missouri State University’s graduate-level Health Care Administration program, and a contributing author to “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Karen has appeared on numerous webinars and has spoken at dozens of conferences on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, member of the American Telemedicine Association, and an ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.