How Technology can Stimulate Patient Participation

Delving into the age the self-care, the healthcare industry is now uncovering technology-lit ways to enhance patient participation.   

FREMONT, CA: Patient activation is a critical aspect of high quality, patient-centric care, and it has the potential to improve health outcomes while reducing costs. Instigating patient participation could be an ongoing challenge with the ever-changing healthcare industry, but technology comes in the form of a magic bullet. 

Patient engagement is a lot about patient empowerment, a concept that is more vital as the healthcare industry continues to shift to value-based care. Patient activation focuses on improving health outcomes through informed decision-making by both the patients and healthcare providers, encouraging people to get actively involved in their health. Artificial health monitors have been around for decades, but it wasn’t until the emergence of wearable devices that remote health assistance became more than easier. Since wearables are consumer-facing, they are now seen as an important aspect of boosting patient activation.

The current methods that are used to communicate with patients are highly variable and often antiquated. Mobile health is opening up new ways of communication, which is removing the barriers to healthcare, improving outcomes, optimizing care processes, and enhancing the patient experience. Nearly 79 percent of consumers today are selecting a provider who allows them to have healthcare interactions online or on a mobile device. These mobile health initiatives are raising patient activation and satisfaction through meeting patient needs, improving access to care, as well as delivering personalized communications. Mobile technology also presents a promising mechanism for treatment follow-up, helping providers reach their patients between visits and to drive patient activation.

In addition to the above, in-home monitoring tools are also keeping patients connected to care, providers, thereby extending care beyond the hospital and providing patients with ongoing support and education, which is key to improved patient activation. As long as providers continue to offer quality care via technology platforms, it is considered an effective way to improve patient access to care and patient engagement while boosting patient participation.

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