- The medical sphere is constantly changing as new technologies continue to expand the opportunities within patient care. Remote monitoring tools, for example, are making a huge impact on the overall quality of patient care and health outcomes among those with chronic medical conditions. Mobile health devices like the smartwatch or smart glasses could also revolutionize patient care.
As previously reported by mHealthIntelligence.com, mobile health applications and mobile devices like the smartwatch can actually expand patient engagement. As the federal government continues to push the importance of patient engagement through meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, healthcare providers are scrambling to ensure that the right patient engagement protocols are in place to keep consumers accessing their medical data.
With the help of mobile health apps, patient portals can be accessed and providers would meet the meaningful use requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Additionally, the smartwatch can be used to boost patient engagement with their health and wellness.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve the satisfaction of our patients,” Michael Ash, M.D., Chief Transformation Officer at Nebraska Medicine, said in a public statement. “We recognize that as more of our patients use devices like the Apple Watch, we not only have to be able to use that technology to initially provide convenience for them, but we also have to envision how we can improve patient outcomes via use of the device in the future.”
In a new infographic, experts outlined how the smartwatch could benefit the health of consumers over the coming years. Within the next five years, the smartwatch will be able to track vital signs including heart rate and blood pressure, detect blood oxygen levels, monitor stress levels via electrodermal activity, and keep an eye on your sleep patterns.
Additionally, wearables like the smartwatch could let the consumer know their blood sugar levels, provide alerts regarding their risk of an oncoming heart attack or stroke, and offer reminders about medical appointments.
Additionally, wearable devices could be connected to a hospital monitoring system and, thereby, offer more guidance to physicians with regard to a patient’s health and lifestyle choices. This could offer more information during diagnosis of a medical condition.
Along with the benefits of the smartwatch, mHealthIntelligence.com previously reported that remote monitoring tools are a system for ensuring the Triple Aim of Healthcare is met. This means that medical costs are lowered through the use of remote monitoring technology, patient health outcomes are enhanced, and the quality of overall care is improved.
Patients could reside at home instead of at the hospital with the help of remote monitoring tools, which can track vital signs including heart rate, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure. Dr. Raj Khandwalla of Cedars Sinai Medical Center spoke with mHealthIntelligence.com to offer his perspective on the use of remote monitoring tools within the healthcare industry.
“I personally think that mobile health technology and remote monitoring tools are going to be widespread in the future,” Khandwalla stated. “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.”
Additionally, Khandwalla spoke about the significant benefits of biosensors and remote monitoring technology for the healthcare field. In particular, biosensors and other devices could be a “game changer” within the medical space, Khandwalla mentioned.
“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 explained.