The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and KLAS Research have found that wearable devices have the potential to revolutionize healthcare by empowering patients to take control of their own health. However, for broader adoption, health systems must improve security and connectivity.
Healthcare organizations that are making the most progress in this area are focusing on measuring the effectiveness of patient engagement tools and making changes to produce optimal results. These HCOs are working to combine personal technologies and healthcare, with a focus on data security and interoperability. This has the potential to lead to more effective, proactive, and patient-centric care.
The report suggests that these advancements will also give patients a larger role in managing their health. According to the survey conducted by Digital Health Analytics, among health IT executives surveyed, the top uses for wireless technology 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 electronic health records (EHR). The survey represented about 40% of U.S. hospitals’ digital footprint.