With so much emphasis today on integrating technology into all forms of life, including the use of digital communication in the Healthcare field, new methods are being developed that are truly making an impact on patient care. While most will agree that faster is better when it comes to communication, digital engagement as a whole has taken on a new life in aspects of Healthcare not previously explored.
A study conducted by the Agency for <strong>Healthcare Research and Quality regarding</strong> literacy and health outcomes determined that gaps in a patient’s ability to access health information and services can result in lower usage of preventative services, less knowledge of personal management, higher need for hospitalization and poorer overall health status. In the study, literacy is defined as a person’s facility with or knowledge about a particular topic.
As the digital engagement revolution has grown over the last few years, the ability of patients to access Healthcare portals has opened up new ways for patients to send messages directly to doctors, book appointments and review lab results. However, with other forms of digital engagement being developed, patients’ literacy regarding their health has taken new form.
On the website healthypeople.gov, a partner of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the topic of health communication and health information technology listed the ability to build health skills and knowledge as one of the most important aspects of Healthcare. In order to maximize the effects of health communication and health information, companies are designing new and improved ways for people to benefit from healthy living, including a variety of health trackers and monitors?
While a patient using a mobile app to stay on schedule for taking medication is a great way to promote healthy living, other digital engagements are being fine-tuned, including having a patient’s fitness technology (on the wrist or smartphone) automatically updating his or her doctor on daily activity.
Recently the Cleveland Clinic asked more than 50,000 employees and their family members to use a Pebble <strong>fitness tracker</strong> for their “Shape Up and Go!” program in the hope that it would encourage healthier living. Since that time more than 18,000 people have met the goal of 100,000 steps a month. Even better, the employees and family members who used the program are now eligible for lower health-insurance premiums.
At the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, surgeons experimented with using activity trackers and iPad apps to monitor post-surgery care. According to a report from consumer health engagement consultant Sherri Dorfman, the hospital equipped about 150 people who had undergone heart surgery over the age of 52 with iPads and Fitbit trackers on their first day of recovery. This not only gave Healthcare providers a better look at daily activity, but also helped patients develop a better sense of their own health style habits.
By providing healthy living information to patients and sharing patient activity with Healthcare providers, the digital engagement revolution is making a positive impact on the health care system.
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