Studies have shown that patients are interested in healthcare providers taking a more active role in their overall health and wellness, and not just caring for them when they’re sick. In fact, according to a recent survey, 80 percent of respondents stated that a healthcare provider’s job needs to be more about preventative medicine, wellness and chronic disease management than simply treating disease.
Luckily, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) put incentives in place for hospitals and other healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records (EHRs). The movement towards EHRs has created a sea of healthcare data that is empowering healthcare providers to do so much more for patients than simply examine and prescribe medicines or treatments when they’re sick or injured.
By analyzing the data available about their patients, healthcare providers can become more proactive and embrace a more patient-centric form of care. They can identify the patients that are most likely to develop chronic conditions or suffer from certain diseases and proactively reach out with information and recommendations for making healthy choices.
However, once these at-risk patients are identified, a new challenge is created. What is the most effective way of communicating with and engaging these patients in their own care? Collaborative video for healthcare is the answer.
Utilizing today’s advanced Unified Communications (UC) technologies, such as video teleconferencing (VTC), healthcare providers, case managers, discharge planners, and members of Affordable Care Organizations (ACOs) and health advocates can collaborate – creating a video enabled health community where patients, and providers, can have face-to-face conversations. These conversations can center on the behavioral changes and lifestyle choices that they can embrace to promote wellness, and to prevent them from getting worse. Not only can they meet one to one, but with collaborative video they can reach out to the masses on multipoint and streamed video calls for educational and support sessions.
What are your thoughts? Do you have experience providing or receiving patient care via video?
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