- As technology continues to advance throughout the healthcare industry, more physicians than ever before are now utilizing EHR systems, mobile health applications, electronic prescribing capabilities, and remote monitoring tools. These advancements have occurred due to the healthcare industry’s push for better care, improved population health outcomes, and lowered medical costs.
For instance, remote monitoring tools can help physicians keep track of their patients without the need for providing a hospital bed, as patients could reside at home while these technologies are used to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and many other vital signs. To learn more about remote monitoring tools and patient engagement, mHealthIntelligence.com spoke with Dr. Raj Khandwalla of Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
When asked what remote monitoring tools Cedars Sinai has implemented, Khandwalla responded, “We’re very excited about mobile technology and the use of sensors to be able to better understand the physiology of the heart both in patients who are healthy and those who have heart failure. We’re exploring what the appropriate use for this new technology is.”
“I personally think that mobile health technology and remote monitoring tools are going to be widespread in the future,” Khandwalla mentioned. “I think that when you look at the implementation of mobile technology, you have biosensor technology rapidly evolving. You have clinical decision support tools that are being integrated into the electronic health record that help guide decision-making among physicians.”
“In that gulf between biosensors and clinical decision support is the raw data that is generated from biosensors and how that data is translated into clinical decision-making has yet to be developed,” he continued. “There will be a lot of work going forward on the part of data analytics companies to be able to analyze the data and determine trend along with physicians and investigators to make that biosensor data translatable into a useable form. There are challenges to the use of this data but I think it will be widely adopted in the future.”
“When you look at implementation on the patient side, you want to have biosensors that are very easy to use and that almost passively collects data,” he went on. “The ideal biosensor is one that passively collects data without the user having to do anything specific for the data to be collected.”
“We’re not there yet. We don’t have a biosensor like that. The biosensors that passively collect data without the user actively putting something on are implanted at this current point. If they’re not implanted, they’re wearable, which requires the user to get up every morning and check their blood pressure, check their pulse, and wear a device. We still need advances when it comes to biosensor data,” he concluded.
Khandwalla explained that the data accessed from remote monitoring tools and biosensors could really be a “game changer” for the healthcare field.
“We’ll see changes in outcomes that are – instead of evolutionary – almost revolutionary when we apply data analytics to the output of the biosensors,” he stated.