With the increasing popularity of telehealth services and smart remote-monitoring devices, doctor-patient relationships have new tools for communication, diagnosis and monitoring, and the implications for patient care are significant.
For example, McKinsey has identified that one of the principal reasons patients don’t achieve expected outcomes from treatment is due to failure to follow prescription regimens. The study reported that 50 to 60 percent of patients with chronic illnesses miss doses, take the wrong dosage, or fall away from their treatment during the first year. Additionally, it was found that an estimated 10 percent of hospitalizations in older patients are considered avoidable if the prescribed medication plan is followed.
50 to 60 percent of patients with chronic illnesses miss doses, take the wrong dosage, or fall away from their treatment during the first year. – McKinsey
In this case, advanced, cloud-based healthcare technologies can help physicians and patients more consistently monitor and administer prescriptions, reducing missed or incorrect dosages and improving outcomes.
If doctor-patient relationships and patient outcomes are being transformed by these new tools, it surely follows that healthcare is being transformed by the challenges and solutions created by them as well. Data regulations, data sharing and data availability are direct outcomes of the digitizing of healthcare. More and more institutions are looking to cloud computing platforms for increased abilities to store, secure, process and analyze critical data.
Cloud adoption in healthcare furthers:
- Enhanced patient safety: Triggered data conditions can produce alerts and warnings for medical teams and patients prior to a health event actually occurring, potentially lessening the results of the event, or even preventing it.
- Improved patient outcomes: Reducing hospital admissions, achieving higher success rates for medication protocols, and motivating behavioral changes can be supported digitally.
- Increased patient access to care: Patients in remote rural areas and patients with low-level, routine care needs can be assisted without the cost and time involved with a trip to a hospital or clinic.
Cloud adoption is just one aspect of the new digital reality in healthcare. Read our 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Conference recap to find out how digital takeover is dominating the industry.
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