The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a lot of technologies to solve for being cared for in the home. Telehealth has been a growing trend for a while now but was met with some skepticism initially. Some patients were puzzled over how effective diagnosis could be if they were not physically in front of someone. Remote medical solutions are now being much more welcomed since access to in-person care is lately based on the severity of illness.
There have been new and growing companies heralding their value as efficient ways people can access health care remotely. This has been a hidden blessing for remote medical solutions who are trying to prove their concept. Recent TV advertisements are now showcasing online pharmaceutical providers who are marketing certain needs. Online providers for birth control, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction are growing at leaps and bounds. Clients/patients enjoy the convenience of seeing to private medical needs without having to visit with a doctor. How well will this go in the long term? We have yet to find out.
Remote medical solutions will be the next wave of healthcare along with the ever-growing trend of wearable medical devices. The demand for more is certain to pick up as these exciting technologies reach new heights.
Remote Medical Solutions Needs Better Connectivity
No medical solution is an island. There has to be a way that all the pieces fit together to create a whole patient story. For many patients, there is more than one diagnosis to consider when treatments are weighed out. Identifying all the players in a patient’s ongoing medical care story is critical for everyone to avoid complications. The biggest concern will be having all the right information as we move forward towards patient-centric care.
Remote medical solutions mean patients will have more choices in how they would like to be cared for. No doubt, these kinds of medical solutions are great news for insurance companies seeking to save on costs. Patients that opt to be treated in the convenience of their own home are going to add up to savings for insurance companies. We can only hope this level of cost-effectiveness eventually reaches the patient as well.
The concern with all of this great stuff is on what axis all the information rotates. Every healthcare system has its own EHR on which they store patient records. HIPAA regulations determine how and when those records can be accessed and by whom. Since EHRs are siloed by the healthcare solution using them, getting patient information can be challenging. It usually results in a lot of paper. Sometimes it comes to medical professionals on disk. Both of these delivery methods have their risks and issues to address. Paper can be lost and found in the wrong hands, the same with CDs. Waiting on information to come delays medical treatment.
All of these remote medical solutions will need to meet somewhere with their information on the same patient. How well that will work depends on the ability to store information in a secure manner that still allows for access by more than one healthcare organization.
One Solution Every Healthcare Provider Can Collaborate On The Same Patient
Wouldn’t it be nice to collaborate with other healthcare providers who are treating the same patient? What if it didn’t matter where they were or how they were delivering healthcare? If every healthcare provider treating the same patient was able to access all the information, what would that do for healthcare in general, never mind remote medical solutions? How much risk could be avoided if all the information was available all the time?
eCare Vault is the first solution poised to meet all these challenges in one platform. eCare Vault is all about patient information being made available to anyone who has permission to access it from wherever. Information is where they are, and from any handheld device. Completely HIPAA compliant, cloud-based patient collaboration can happen today.
Remote medical solutions need to be better connected to the hub that is patient healthcare. Information and collaboration need to focus on the patient, not the provider. If you’d like to find out how eCare Vault can help your organization make true patient collaboration a reality for better healthcare delivery for all, contact us today for a free consultation.