The Importance of Interoperability: Driving the Connection Between the Patient and Provider
Time is of the essence for providers, and they need to make crucial decisions within very short time frames. Providers are not only tasked with being efficient and cost effective, but they must ensure that they are able to stay connected to their patients in a way that works for both parties.
How can we transform interoperability into true connection?
It is the responsibility of ALL stakeholders, especially the vendor, to remove barriers between the patient and the provider when introducing healthtech. The FDA defines medical device interoperability as the ability to exchange and use information among one or more devices, products, technologies, or systems safely, securely and effectively. This means that from inception to implementation, interoperability should be central to the mission of healthcare and the focus should remain on the right type of connection.
Remove the Barriers to Access
According to a recent study by the American Medical Association2, the convenience of digital health boosts the satisfaction to both the patient and the physician. This same study went on to state the importance of considering technological barriers that might exist for some patients. Such barriers could not only limit access to certain digital health solutions in a non-equitable fashion but also impact the patient’s clinical outcomes.
People + Technology = Innovation
True innovation lies in the interaction between people and technology. Vendors that are committed to the mission of interoperability strive to understand the needs of each user group and empathize with pain points that exist for clinicians, patients, and operations. The hōm ecg+ from Lohman Technologies, was designed as a process-centric device, focused on the end-user experience. This FDA-cleared, pocket-sized device allows patients to capture a medical-grade ECG reading in less than a minute. The hōm ecg+ is a stand-alone device that has built-in cellular capability and does not require additional use of technology by the patient.
Adoption of digital health is only the beginning. By 2030 there will be 74 million U.S. citizens over the age of 65 years.3 With an aging population emerging our greater goal should be to strive for clinical optimization. The patient does not have to be technology savvy to be a successful user of the hōm ecg+. The exchange of data moves seamlessly through the clinical environment allowing ECG data to be accessible inside of the patient’s electronic health record using a remote patient monitoring platform. The future of healthcare demands that providers carefully consider the selection of clinical solutions. Vendors can no longer take a neutral stance on the commitment to facilitating better patient outcomes.
Why is Interoperability So Important?
Information systems should work together across organizational boundaries and serve as a foundation for long-term road mapping for the patient population. Driving the connection between the patient and provider improves efficiency, adjuncts clinical decision-making, and protects the patient.
Connecting Patients, Providers, and Peace-of-Mind.
The hōm ecg+ is indicated for self-testing by patients who have been diagnosed with or are susceptible to developing atrial fibrillation and who would like to monitor and record their heart rhythms on an intermittent basis.
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