‘I can see a more intentional shift from reactive to proactive models’
BROOKFIELD, Wis. – As president of Honeywell Life Care Solutions, John Bojanowski is deeply immersed in the telehealth space. Here are his thoughts on the future of tech-based home health care delivery.
HHTN: How is technology impacting the way home health care is delivered?
BOJANOWSKI: Technology is having a positive impact on home care delivery because of several factors. There is a cost savings associated with remote patient monitoring due to reductions in home visits, improved outcomes and reduced hospital readmissions. Nurses can manage more patients using remote patient monitoring and telehealth technology. Remote/rural patients have increased accessibility to specialists and, in turn, health care systems have increased reach to rural patients through remote patient monitoring and telehealth. The videoconferencing component of telehealth not only makes it possible for the clinicians to see and assess how patients look and react, but it offers the opportunity for a patient’s family members or other caregivers to participate in decision making.
HHTN: What are some of the biggest challenges?
BOJANOWSKI: Rapid deployment and long-term growth; integration with EMR; and reimbursement.
HHTN: What will home health care look like in the next five years?
BOJANOWSKI: Home health care needs to support a more mobile patient population in the future—meeting people where they are with more flexible solutions. I see virtual visits to a care provider becoming the norm instead of in-person clinic visits and this will absolutely need to be supported by telehealth solutions.
HHTN: What do you see as some of the biggest technological advances on the home health care horizon?
BOJANOWSKI: An exciting prospect is that of digital health technologies merging with smart home technologies for better, broader and more scalable remote patient monitoring programs. I can see a more intentional shift from reactive to proactive models—supporting individuals with even more tools to manage their own care and ultimately leading to preventive care instead of chronic disease management.
HHTN: What do you see as Honeywell’s role in the market?
BOJANOWSKI: LifeStream is the foundation of our telehealth offering. It is FDA-regulated, so it is classified as a medical device, and combines technology, training and support services validated during our 15-plus years of experience in telehealth. We know exactly what works—and we can provide the ultimate telehealth experience.