The evolving state of healthcare information technology has produced a long list of to-dos for most healthcare systems. Prioritizing key initiatives can greatly improve the stability of software systems, as well as improve the continuity of patient care.
Remote medicine will be a growth focus for many hospital systems. With all the new technology, will practitioners "see" more patients using the tools? Remote medicine (or telemedicine) expands the geographic footprint that facilities dram from and offers more options to the marketplace. According to a study by Accenture, 19 states have healthcare systems seeking to offer remote medicine as a daily practice. Insurers support the adoption of this practice, as remove medicine is often effective and far less costly than traditional, in-office care. Additionally, many hospitals experience overburdened emergency rooms, and those facilities are hopeful virtual visits will help ease the volume of patients. Many medical device manufacturers are incorporating data translation into their products to support virtual treatment of patients with chronic illness. Hospitals will need to leverage this technology and have a solid, streamlined approach to capture, analyze, and respond to the data.
Training providers to treat patients in a virtual setting will be a priority. Far more skill is needed than just possessing a working knowledge of the technology. Communication delivery and frequency will change dramatically in the virtual interaction between the provider and patient. Good communication skills will also drive patient demand and is a critical piece to the puzzle.This blog post was originally published as part of a longer article in the 2015 Healthcare IT Market Report. To request your free copy, click here.