Research shows that by 2030, there will be a shortage of between 42,600 and 121,300 physicians in the U.S. And, given continued growth in the number of people managing complex chronic conditions, these physicians are required to manage larger populations of patients with the same amount of time and resources.

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Simultaneously, patients are living the vast majority of their lives outside the doctor’s office – with families, jobs, friends, and hobbies, most people do not have time to dedicate to onerous programs of care to manage their health.

In order for remote monitoring programs to see proper involvement and success, programs must be integrated into existing workflows for providers – and patients. Given that more than 30 percent of physicians use an average of four or more disparate clinical systems in a given day, remote monitoring programs must live within existing clinical systems, like the electronic health record (EHR), to make their use efficient. Similarly for patients, programs should leverage patient-generated health data that they are already creating and collecting to integrate into programs – requiring a person to use a new or additional device or tool could be a barrier to successful adoption.

“Data is great, but at the end of the day physicians are too busy, and the workflow must be as seamless as possible for them to embrace something new,” explained a director of telehealth for one of the nation’s premier cancer centers.

In a roundtable at the 2018 Connected Health Conference, healthcare leaders discussed the importance of proper program integration, along with other key steps to successfully deploying remote monitoring programs. Read more perspectives and best practices in the latest white paper here.

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