The need for mobile technology is indisputable. During a recent testimony before a Congressional subcommittee, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, noted that devices provide an unprecedented opportunity to care for America’s aging population, as well as the 56 million Americans with disabilities. “As our population ages and the number of caregivers shrinks, smart home devices enable seniors to live independently and comfortably at home, retaining their quality of life into their golden years,” he said. “Connected devices can remind seniors to take their medication, refill their prescriptions and help prevent accidental over- or under-doses.”
While the information generated by these devices provides value to the user, many patients are looking to get more out of the information by calling upon providers to review and respond to the data as part of the typical care routine. Leaders are putting a lot more thought into remote patient monitoring strategies, telemedicine strategies and achieving 360-degree patient views through in-home mobile devices and apps. Fortunately, clinicians and other healthcare stakeholders are acknowledging the value of such data as well and are eager to capitalize on it.
In fact, electronic health records vendors such as Cerner and MEDITECH have recently partnered with Validic to provide their users with a connected device data platform – which, in turn, can help them meet their strategic goals such as helping customers better manage populations and drive lower healthcare costs.
“Given Validic is device- and platform-agnostic, our alignment provides a much broader reach to clinical and wellness data to help propel our digital health strategy to healthcare organizations we serve, including the acceleration of remote patient monitoring, telehealth and wellness initiatives,” said Brian Carter, senior director and general manager, personal health at Cerner.
To treat patients remotely, healthcare organizations must get data into their IT systems and ultimately in front of providers. Doing so means that a variety of devices will inevitably come into play. “The Triple Aim is going to manifest itself through technology. That is the only way to do it,” Ryan Beckland, Validic President & Co-founder said. A variety of healthcare organizations are using Validic to collect data from remote devices – and, in turn, fuel initiatives that are leading them to move toward enhanced care experiences, improved outcomes and reduced costs.