It is now becoming easier than ever to get in touch with your doctors. Mobile health technologies are making it viable for doctors to connect with their patients in ways that will improve care, population health, and reduce costs of health care. This will help achieve the “Triple Aim” of health care delivery.
“The idea of practicing episodic, reactionary, hospital-based care that is inaccessible for patients is probably not going to get us to the triple aim of healthcare,” said Maulik D. Majmudar, MD, clinical cardiologist and associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
“To get to the Triple Aim and do it in a cost-effective way, we need to leverage technology like mobile applications and wearable devices to monitor people in their own environments; when they are not in front of their doctor or in the hospital, which is 99.9% of the time.”
In Majmudar’s presentation entitled “Future of Cardiovascular Practice: The Connected Patient,” he talked about what the patient-provider communication will be like in years to come, specifically for patients who require management of chronic diseases. At the core of this communication, will be a better and more connected relationship between health-care providers and patients. This will be based on the medical technologies that provide continuous engagement and feedback on patients’ health.
There have already been developments such as connected blood pressure cuffs and weight scales and Majmudar explained the need to leverage these technologies to help patients cope with their diseases better. He believes this will lead to reduced adverse effects and readmission rates. However, this could end up falling on the hands of the patients. Patients need to take charge of their own healthcare and choose to be in contact more frequently with the physician.
One way to accomplish this is showing patients the mobile health applications they should be using. By giving the patients the ability to empower themselves and manage their health, we should see an increase in communication between healthcare providers and patients.