DURHAM, N.C. –Connected health will be heavily influenced by the growing shift of acute care from hospital to home next year, says Drew Schiller.
“What we’ll be seeing, really, is the emergence of digital hospitals,” said Schiller, CEO of Validic, a provider of data connectivity solutions, in a recent webinar focusing on the state of connected health.
The shift is being driven by five trends, Schiller said: successful remote monitoring programs for managing chronic diseases; value-based care and new reimbursement mechanisms driving progress toward advanced payment models; a need for increased workforce productivity; consumer expectations that are compelling providers to leverage new technologies to engage people in new ways; and wide-scale availability of affordable connected home health devices, which are enabling patient-generated data delivery into the clinical workflow.
Schiller said there are several factors driving the need for RPM programs, including an aging population, data analytics and machine learning, and cost savings.
“We’ve done a lot of great groundbreaking work in the industry around RPM and I think in 2018 we’re going to start to see all of the evidence that we’ve laid out start to be realized in real broad-scale programs,” he said.
Also in 2018, patient satisfaction will be a market differentiator. Consumers will expect their provider to incorporate new technologies into their care, Schiller said, including patient-generated health data into the clinical workflow and programs of care.
“In an increasingly competitive landscape it’s critical that health care organizations pay more attention to improving satisfaction among chronic patients—communicating with patients at home in the course of their daily life is one way providers can successfully engage them and improve satisfaction,” he said.