A recent study by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and KLAS Research highlights the potential of wearable devices to improve patient engagement in healthcare. However, broader adoption will require health systems to enhance security and connectivity.
Healthcare organizations that are making significant progress in this area are focusing on measuring the effectiveness of patient engagement tools and making necessary adjustments to achieve optimal results. According to the report, these efforts are aimed at combining personal technologies with healthcare, with a particular emphasis on data security and interoperability. This has the potential to lead to more effective, proactive, and patient-centric care.
The report also suggests that patients will play a larger role in managing their health as a result of these developments. The authors include market intelligence firm Digital Health Analytics, who note that wireless technology is becoming increasingly popular among health IT executives surveyed. The top uses for wireless technology among these executives include telehealth for clinicians, wireless Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video monitoring, cellular connectivity throughout premises, Radio Frequency Identification/Real-Time Location Systems (RFID/RTLS), telemetry over Internet Protocol (TIP), wander management/patient elopement/infant abduction, and patient wearables integrated with the Electronic Health Record (EHR). These findings are based on a survey representing about 40% of U.S hospitals’ digital footprint.