Checklist for a Successful Telemedicine Therapy Procedure!

Telemedicine is a technical version of the medicine care provided in hospital settings by a physician and obviously requires a completely different skill set. As the motive of implementation of telemedicine is to increase patient engagement, the facility must be technically well-equipped with necessary components that are required to make the therapy successful and more importantly must suffice the purpose of engaging patients in their therapy processes so that the outcome is increased patient satisfaction.

For an effective telehealth visit, technology plays an important role. The US population is growing and people aging 65 years and more is said to make up 19% of the total US population by 2030 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4795318/). As a result, the rate of chronic health conditions are also projected a considerable increase and people will be spending more on chronic disease management. The telehealth platforms for such aged population must be simple, easy to use, and provide accessible features. Most importantly, users must be properly trained to extract maximum benefit out of the user-friendly medicine technology. On the other hand, it is easier for the younger population to use the advanced telehealth mechanisms.

Obviously, implementing a telemedicine procedure needs certain kind of pre-arrangements. Let us have a closer look at the details to be considered while approaching for a video visit.

Here is the checklist for implementing a virtual clinic visit:

  1. Use a high-quality web camera: To replicate the feel of a real visit in a virtual visit, the need is to use a good quality camera. Patients should be able to see the doctor’s face clearly for feeling comfortable and responding positively to the treatment procedure. Also, the doctors need to reassure that the patients are using a webcam that is sufficient for a clear picture. Although most computers and laptops feature an integrated webcam, patients must test the visual quality of the cams before a virtual visit.

 

  1. Have the camera at the eye level: Leveling the camera at the eye-level enables a better eye contact with the patient and ensure a better connection.

 

  1. Use quality sound equipment: Most of the computer systems today have built-in good quality sound systems. However, for a medical communication to be successful, the sound equipment must be capable of minimizing the background noise and detecting low frequency sounds that are not in the hearing range of human ears. Also, both must perform a test using a sound recording program on their systems to ensure proper audibility.

 

  1. Finalize a dedicated space for virtual visits: For a virtual visit, not only the required equipment needs to be installed correctly, but the surrounding environment also must be taken into consideration. It must be private and away from distractions as it is only then that the patients will feel that their information is secured.

While preparing for the virtual visit, the following things need to be considered:

  • Test the webcam for clarity of visibility to be able to see the person at the other end for efficient interaction.
  • Make sure the volume and microphone is on and is audible to avoid any miscommunications during the procedure.
  • Plug your mobile or computer device
  • Prefer using a wired connection as there is no possibility of losing the internet connection. If you are using a wireless connection, ensure that it offers a high speed so that the interaction doesn’t stop abruptly.
  • Close unnecessary programs as opening too many windows may hamper the speed due to overload on the memory.
  • Choose the right browser that the medicine portal works best with.
  • Dress appropriately as virtual doctor’s visit is nothing different than a real visit except the distance.
  • Adjust the lighting to display a clear and visible image.
  • Go through the patient concerns before the meeting if it is handily available.

During the virtual visit, follow the below guidelines:

  • When prompted, share the screen to start the video chat
  • Have the support team’s number handy for use whenever needed, i.e in case any technical problems erupt
  • Follow the same guidelines as in the in-person visit
  • Have proper body postures and gestures to show that you are engaged actively in the treatment procedure
  • Be clear while explaining the next steps to the patient

The above checklist is thoughtfully prepared to have a successful virtual visit. However, there are certain specifications that pertain to particular telemedicine platforms that are to be considered before implementing a virtual visit between a doctor and a patient. At Lifecycle Health, we ensure that both the doctors as well as the patients are comfortable before initiating the video visit so that there are no loopholes in the treatment procedure leading to any ambiguities. Telehealth is introduced to simplify healthcare procedures and invest in time-saving, cost-efficient methodologies. The Lifecycle team encourages telemedicine and aims to take the care procedures at a completely different level. To know more, visit http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/.

References:

http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/blog/2017/9/7/telehealth-video-visits-6-ways-to-be-more-effective

https://hubpages.com/health/Telehealth-Is-it-hype-or-reality

 

 

 

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What Everyone Ought to Know about the Demand for Innovative Patient Follow-up!

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Healthcare systems have achieved greater heights and are no more confined to medical check-ups and treatment procedures. It now extends to the next phase of care – patient follow-up care. Follow up care involves regular medical check-ups to track the effectiveness of the medical procedures carried out up till then. It is the process of setting up patient schedules post medication or surgery on a specified date to check on the progress of the patients since his/her last appointment with the physician. Follow up plays a crucial role in healthcare as it helps care-givers understand the effectiveness of the cure and make further assessments accordingly. However, there must be a proper procedure for patient follow-up.

Set follow-up objectives

Healthcare providers must agree on the reason for taking follow-up sessions from patients. They can be:

  • To confirm medicine effectiveness
  • To monitor patient’s health
  • To share lab results
  • To reinforce action plans
  • To get referrals

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It is the patient himself who can give a transparent feedback of what has happened to him post treatment. Therefore, the best way to monitor the progress of patients’ health is the patient himself and the information that he shares with the care-giver. Patients can record their values for routine monitoring of certain parameters like weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. And most importantly, healthcare providers must express their gratitude towards patients for recording this information. By utilizing telemedicine and patient entries, specialists are expanding patient engagement and accordingly effectively accomplishing almost 8% higher Medicare repayment.

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pexels1Identify authorities who will follow-up with the patients

Value based care is a result of a 360 degree contribution in medicinal services and has changed the parameters of therapeutic treatment methodology. Depending on the purpose of follow-up, healthcare authorities must decide on who will follow-up with the patients:

Nurse and Medical Assistant: Nurses and medical assistants are trained professionals who possess the expertise to follow-up with the patients to review the documented data related to patient’s health. Nurses can also review medicine adherence and clarify lab results.

Primary health clinician: For more complex healthcare conditions, a primary health clinician must be referred to.

Other office staff: The front desk staff can intervene if the patient requires information about scheduling appointments, provide community resources, and confirm with the patients whether they have followed up with the referrals.

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Decide on the medium used for follow-up

Telephone: While talking on the phone, patients can be comfortable to ask questions.

Email: Communicating through emails is a secure and convenient channel to exchange information that is provided by many patient portals.

Postal mail: This medium is suitable only for exchanging basic documents such as normal lab results and appointment reminders.

Texts: Many patients prefer to get their medical information on their fingertips. For them, sending reminders through text messaging is a convenient and very easy medium of communication.

Automated calling system: This system is a mechanized way of collecting necessary health related information such as blood pressure from patients.

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Track follow-up schedules for better outcome

Following up for the sake of adhering to the healthcare standards is not sufficient as it needs to be ensured to follow proper methodologies. Healthcare providers need to discuss with clinical colleagues as to which patients need follow-up procedures and identify an appropriate schedule for the same.

Establishing patient follow-up must ideally be the first priority of healthcare providers before discharging any patient from the hospital. As mentioned above, there are various factors that are responsible for a successful follow-up procedure. Who actually needs the follow-up sessions, who must be responsible for conducting follow-up sessions, what kind of follow-up is required, what medium is to be used, etc. The demand for systematic and organized patient follow-up procedures is outgrowing and healthcare providers must adhere to the standard guidelines. At Lifecycle Health, we embrace the complete life cycle of a medical treatment procedure that ends with proper follow-up care of our patients. You can contact us by filling in your details here: http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/get-started/  and experience a dramatic way to effective patient cure.

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Know How Telehealth has Impacted Healthcare Scenario Globally

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Electronic communication has influentially penetrated in healthcare and has a great impact on patient care. It has incredibly changed the way physicians and patients interact, especially telemedicine. In a recent report by WinterGreen Research, Inc., a market research firm based in Lexington, Mass. it is predicted that the market for telemedicine software and devices will increase 736 million in 2011 to $2.5 billion in 2018 and the numbers seem to be progressing as expected.

This care transition has made medicine available to regions which are void of adequate healthcare infrastructure. Telemedicine employs a multitude of modern technologies to transmit information via audio, video, text, or images that ultimately leads to better healthcare. Patients can connect with healthcare specialists half way round the globe, email MRI scans or arrange a video conference for diagnosis. All what’s needed is – an internet connection. Interestingly, it is now even possible to distantly monitor the glucose levels or blood pressure of a clinic’s patients through a computer screen. Telehealth has raised the horizons for regions without adequate healthcare infrastructure. It helps under-staffed clinics and undertrained practitioners to deliver effective medical care through expert assistance.

The benefits are not limited. They extend from patients to care givers, financers, and various other aspects related to treatment procedures. There is a drastic cost reduction. Telemedicine offers cost savings as travel expenses (that usually amount on the higher side) are immensely reduced. Additionally, it provides a second line of training to junior physicians almost free of cost.

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The global telemedicine market is expanding at an exponential rate. Geographic analysis of telehealth oriented developments show major influences in some areas of the world. A number of factors spur the growth of telemedicine and other related e-health services to ensure better quality patient services across the globe. Masses are becoming more aware about healthcare conditions and demand high-quality care, medication and attention. Telehealth relies on the information available on healthcare networks provided by EMR infrastructures that are incorporated in global health measures. This healthcare information exchange is in its young years on the international boundaries and is sure to capture a larger market in the coming years. Lifecycle Health has taken the initiative of telehealth seriously and encourages extensive participation making quality healthcare approachable. We have accepted this concept of care transition and promote value based care and bundled payment models to quench this desire for lower healthcare costs.

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5 Essential Tips for Improving Telemedicine Experience for Patients

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Telemedicine is a virtual clinic where the healthcare provider and patient are at a distance from each other and try to achieve healthcare solutions by communicating through the medium. However, there are certain pre-requisites that are essential for making the telemedicine a successful therapy. In our previous blog, Telemedicine Video Visits: Challenges and Solutions we focused on the reasons why telemedicine does not work well with many clinics. In this blog, we will concentrate more on the technical aspects associated with telemedicine.

Telemedicine is expanding its geographical reach as it provides a better accessibility to healthcare solutions in rural areas and focuses more on patient engagement. However, to be effective, telehealth visits must be implemented keeping in mind certain technical aspects such as strategizing, managing operational issues, considering governmental policies, and devising standard tools for an efficient and satisfactory care delivery. Technology works only when the workflows are properly tested before implementation so that processes can be refined based on valuable feedback from a few users to avoid disregard when it is rolled out at a larger scale. It is observed that most of the telehealth visits fail to promote patient engagement to the level they should, due to non-compliance with standard protocols like communication.

A human ear is engineered to hear the high frequency natural sounds but sounds like the intestinal and thoracic sounds are low frequency sounds and require eight times more the efforts as compared to that of a normal sound. Audibility is an important factor in determining the diagnosis accuracy and treatment efficiency. Here’s what you might be missing on:

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  • Clarity in communication – A poor quality of recordings obviously may lead to many other communication errors resulting in incorrect diagnosis and. When the information is inaudible and the physician tries to follow a process for obtaining correct information, it would frustrate the patient as his valuable time is wasted which is definitely not appreciated during critical situations. On the other hand, if the physician jumps to dangerous conclusions (like hearing 15mg as 50 mg), the impact would obviously be serious and could also lead to legal consequences.
  • Accuracy in representing the tone – Nasal obstruction, slurring, weakness, and mental status of the patients may go beyond understanding the patients’ words and tone of speech. Moreover, a low quality audio may overhear the emphasis put on a specific word or phrase that is the key to diagnosis accuracy and treatment. In this case, advanced audio processing may help in equalizing the volume without distortion.
  • Clarity in challenging environments – There may be many background noises that would interrupt the recordings as they are difficult to control and in such an environment if the patient has an unusual accent or a quiet voice, this may increase the difficulty in interpreting the audio. In such a case, there is a need of a system that has passed standardized tests to improve speech recognition even in the presence of distorting background noises.
  • Enhanced auscultation – To hear the sounds that are beyond human hearing capacity like wheezing, heart murmurs, pleurisy, and digestive symptoms even in a high quality recording, a sound system is required which brings these factors into an audible range that could be easily processed by the human ear.
  • Improved productivity – When doctors repetitively ask patients to repeat themselves or certain procedures that weren’t clear due to technical incapability, it costs time, frustration, and money of the patient which could easily be avoided by using an advanced audio processing during the original recording. Clinicians must invest in a true diagnostic quality audio system that resultantly increases productivity and quality care.

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Recent advances in audio processing units have tried to address these issues by interpreting the sounds just like the human auditory cortex does and raising the low frequency sounds without unnatural artifacts. These advanced processes and many other post-processing advances that ensure that the resulting audio is distortion-free and accurate. This clarity is very essential to get to see the actual whole picture.

Telemedicine is an important tool that aims at improving patient healthcare experiences by providing high-quality, affordable healthcare. Telemedicine has enhanced care feasibility by focusing more in saving time and money of the patients. At Lifecycle Health, we induce advanced mechanisms that aid in making telehealth a successful platform for both – caregivers and patients. For more insight on our ways of managing healthcare, visit http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/ and experience a whirlpool of innovative healthcare methods.

Telehealth Video Visits: 6 Ways to Be More Effective

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As each innovation requests a particular range of abilities to have it aced, telemedicine and telehealth likewise have a specific arrangement of pre-essentials to be complied with for accomplishing a definitive human services points. One might be an extraordinary doctor yet a similar individual may not turn out to be an incredible telemedicine doctor as the aptitudes, innovation and encompassing conditions are diverse for both the situations. The clinical set up is a natural and very much rehearsed quirk for both – the patients and the specialists though the virtual set up is similarly an amateur idea that must be taken care of astutely and tenaciously to acquire accomplishment as a treatment method. As indicated by a review done by the administration experts in 2012, about 42% of the healing centers have telehealth capacities. In any case, the range of abilities required for a fruitful telehealth video visit is something that is past the standard therapeutic school educational modules.

 

Not at all like the open, modern doctor’s facility offices, the virtual human services visits are limited to only a little screen of a desktop, tablet, portable workstation, or even as little as a cell phone. The verbal and non-verbal interchanges through that window is the essential factor in charge of building up a compatibility between the doctor and the patient. The principal virtual meeting decides if and how the determination continues, and furthermore whether the patient would need to proceed with the treatment or not. In a video experience, there is a sort of polished methodology and even a clothing regulation that shows a legitimate introduction. In any case, the greater part of the specialists still aren’t hitting the nail on the head. There are notwithstanding preparing plans for clinicians given by showing healing facilities and colleges that offer courses on telemedicine.

When attempting to go on the web, here are six proposals for specialists to empower an effective online treatment:

Pregnant Woman Videoconferencing With DoctorPlan your video visit with the patient: Some video quiet visits may basically be an up close and personal correspondence through video, and the concentration or “arranging” for the visit is much similar to a standard visit and patient discourse. However – if this would be a subsequent visit for damage or surgery, or if this is a first-time video visit around damage, the video visit and cooperation rapidly turns out to be substantially more confounded, and if not arranged effectively, you can invest considerably more energy about correspondence challenges than the medicinal circumstance nearby.

In what capacity will you teach your patient to put their video gadget to have the capacity to see their swollen lower leg or body part that isn’t effortlessly observed from the work area? How might you teach them to have the capacity to adequately do an extend or development to show portability to you? In the event that they have a desktop, portable workstation, tablet, or telephone – what are the distinctions? In what manner will they get their gadget to stand-upright to have the capacity to center it adequately? How far would it be advisable for them to stand far from the gadget?

While these inquiries may appear to be straightforward, I can guarantee you they are not and can cost you important time on a video visit. While they are more advantageous and regularly take less time and exertion than an in-person visit, without legitimate arranging – it could cost you substantially more time. Plan and even practice a ridicule session with your staff, and perhaps set up a preparation report or correspondence to your patients on what’s in store, and what to have convenient for a successful time with you.

Address patients by their first names: Trying to be not so much formal but rather more responsive is the way to giving an open discussion access and makes patients more alright with the treatment methodology. Utilizing a more individual tone initiates a patient-supplier bond that isn’t just about the numbers. A grin on the doctor’s face and legitimate signals amid discussion prompts trust in the patients’ psyches.

Remote female psychiatrist holds written message Do not give upRespite and tune in: On a normal, a patient needs about 32 seconds to clarify their wellbeing related issues to the doctor while perceptions express that a large portion of the specialists cut the patients off just inside 20 seconds just to divert the discussion. This may prompt less confidence from the patient and some unheard holes in the human services condition depicted that would somehow help with the analysis. Be patient and hear them out additional as in a telehealth video visit, most of the association is verbal signs and connections, and also the video non-verbal credits to the discussion.

 

Present yourself and offer data identified with the care methodology: For patients to believe in the doctor in another supplier presentation through telehealth video, the patient might need to find out about the doctor’s proficient foundation and practice procedures. This manufactures trust and enhances tolerant engagement all through the care. The patient must recollect the specialist’s name for a superior association.

I feel terrible..Recognize the patient’s worries: A patient is the person who needs most extreme thoughtfulness regarding acquire better care comes about. In this way, he should impart his worries and side effects obviously. Consent to what the patient says and affirm a comprehension and demonstrating sympathy is critical, rather than rejecting the patient’s approach, and after that gradually manage the discussion into the correct determination and treatment way bearing. This may appear to be simple, yet it is trying now and again. Keep in mind – the patient isn’t really having the extra encounters of office welcome, registration, amicable talks upon section, and other warm encounters to adapt and process conceivable tensions previously they see the doctor – in a telehealth video visit, the patient’s first connection is most likely with the doctor.

Keep up straightforwardness with the patients: Whatever it is, influence it to clear to the patient as they will without a doubt welcome the real approach and will be more sure with the treatment strategy. In spite of the fact that patients may anticipate that the specialists will analyze their concern promptly, it is dependably unrealistic. It’s smarter to concede that you have to counsel an expert or play out some examination. Be that as it may, while doing this it is truly critical to have a legitimate body act for the patient to put stock in your words, as the patient experience is an entirely different affair carefully versus face to face and pose and non-verbal signals are significantly more essential by means of telehealth video.

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Medicinal services is changing to convey quiet fulfillment and decrease the expenses of solution and care coordination. Telehealth has developed to be a troublesome innovation that is possibly imperiling the customary social insurance conveyance because of the expanded positive reaction from patients and cost-adequacy. Because of developing notoriety of patient engagement by actualizing telemedicine, there have been a few changes in the legislative arrangements as well.

With such a large number of activities impelling up for the foundation of current medicinal services hones, mind suppliers must execute systems that empower better social insurance conveyance to patients through telehealth visits. Telehealth video visits will require some serious energy and many encounters with patients to wind up noticeably capable. It will take practice to depict the best of the administrations over a video screen, and furthermore have the capacity to motivate patients to discuss successfully with you too.

With the Lifecycle Health, you can rapidly have a telehealth video stage for performing successful patient video visits, and furthermore to collaborate with different suppliers.

In any case, Lifecycle wellbeing isn’t just telehealth video, the Lifecycle Health stage will likewise enable you to computerize follow-up visits and screen patients, slant patient and populace results, and speak with your patients all the more proficiently with secure informing.

All in a solitary stage – web and versatile.

To take in more about our modern esteem mind stage and to know how we facilitate along the patient’s continuum of care, please visit http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/.

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Telehealth — Is it hype or reality?

Healthcare is progressing down a road toward more simplicity, affordability, and efficiency.  A commonly talked about term in the medical industry is – telehealth or telemedicine. Telehealth introduces a entirely new and modernized healthcare technique and fosters better therapy procedures while possibly maintaining work-life balance.

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Telehealth promotes use of electronic health records, online support groups, digital communication, remote patient monitoring, online video visits or e-visits, patient engagement, medical device integration and more. The most potentially lucrative of the advantages of telehealth services is “telehealth visits”. Telehealth capabilities can reduce complexities of multiple trips to the physician and eased medical care procedures has great potential, is showing signs of success and promise.  It is not only for patients either – providers can gain competitive advantages over peers by expanding their geographic coverage, streamlining care operations leading to more patient care, higher patient satisfaction, and turning on-call hours to billable hours.

There are successes happening in terms of patient accessibility, convenience, provider to provider collaboration, and transforming from reactive patient care to proactive patient care.

What is telehealth?

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Over 90% of the medical practitioners say they have adopted “telemedicine”, or telehealth, in some form to sustain in the competitive market where success is determined by such innovative, user-intuitive factors.  However – the definition of “telehealth” includes a very broad definiton of technologies — some providers claim that they are using “telehealth” when in reality – they are using the telephone or internet access for simple online billing access.  We do not consider those examples “leading edge” telehealth, and most patients or industry people would not either.  Some industry studies also include Fitbit or other health and fitness tracking devices in their statistics for the “90%” usage statistic.  There are definitely benefits and technically that is “telehealth”, but when we think of leading edge telehealth — we think of it more in more complex patient care path activities and collaboration.

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We believe that it’s currently a much lower percentage that are using video visits, remote monitoring techniques, and medical device digital integrations in significant medical patient situations.

However – those more complex and  monitoring scenarios will increase dramatically over the next 1-5 years.  Moreover, patients are more inclined towards treatment procedures that are aligned with technological advancements and would welcome a better and more oversight “after the leave the clinic”, and will begin to expect more technology involvement to adapt to their schedules and help them and their loved ones to better and healthier lives.

There is no doubt though that telehealth video visits, digital communication, and remote coordination have defined a more convenient, safe, and affordable way of communicating to the healthcare provider, and for providers to communicate with patients. 

So there is much more to come in the future from telehealth capabilities.

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Who really benefits – patient or providers?

As the name indicates, telehealth visits include a doctor examining his patients through video i.e. both – the doctor and the patient do not need to be in the same examination room. It’s more convenient for the patient, more convenient for the provider, may not require physical clinic space costs.  With the advancements in mobile devices over the last few years, telemedicine has emerged in even more anytime-anywhere possibilities and convenience.

As the small smartphones have replaced televisions and provided easier access to internet and cloud services, telemedicine has emerged as a potentially vast healthcare solution.  Apart from the operational and logistical conveniences, the telehealth services, especially the electronic video visits make more financial sense. Telemedicine have symmetrically reduced healthcare costs for patients as well as healthcare providers and doctors.

Telehealth such as remote patient monitoring, digital coordination, patient engagement, and analysis have been known to reduce the healthcare service costs to a great extent. Telehealth’s electronic services have considerably contributed towards treatment cost savings for the patients, providers and the insurance companies — time required for services.  Telemedicine also can prevent medical staff and patient time in unnecessary and non-urgent healthcare visits, phone calls, and could practically eliminate the expenses of regular checkups or follow-up visits, if the patient is on-track for recovery.

And — if better patient care isn’t enough, physicians and clinicians can boost their revenue by attracting new patients, reducing no-shows, turning on-call hours into billable hours, and reduce overhead expenses for the healthcare providers who prefer flexible working hours for some part of the week.

Patients and Providers: Convenience and Accessibility

The patient’s modernized lifestyle has resulted in higher patient expectations for healthcare providers.  A Cisco global experience survey stated that almost 70% of the patients are comfortable communicating with physicians and providers via texting, email, and/or video instead of seeing providers in person.

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Patients are occupied in their over-hectic life schedules and although the illness demands a potential visit to the doctor, they are challenged to find a convenient time, or make the time to travel significant distances to meet physicians at a clinic.

Therefore, a potentially better, time saving and cost-effective solution is – telehealth visits. Some patients have a physical disability, may be too old to travel alone, or live in remote locations and do not have access to a specialist or even routine care options.  For them, video visits, remote monitoring, online patient management systems, and smartphone capabilities give them a new healthcare paradigm and accessability that they have not had before.

Studies show that there are merely 43 specialists for every 100,000 rural patients in the United States. With these lower numbers, care access is challenging.  These patients typically have to wait in long queues and have to travel long distances to visit the specialist.

However, it’s not just challenging for patients — it is challenging for physicians and healthcare providers throughout the patient’s continuum of care.  Physicians that need to coordinate and communicate with the primary care physician, surgeons, or specialists have significant challenges.  The collaboration and coordination among care specialists in other remote locations – make costs and efforts higher, and in many cases duplicate tests or information may be requested, and some collaboration may not be performed at all or in a timely manner because duplication or ineffective collaboration is more cost effective than current collaboration methods(which are wasteful and archaic).

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Telehealth and automated patient management capabilities offer an optimum solution by making specialist appointments easier, affordable, and closer regardless of the patient or physician’s location.  Automated patient management and monitoring capabilities allow a doctor to “see and monitor” a patient without much additional costs, and has significant benefits for the patient.  This works well for providers who wish to expand their patient population and aim to reach wider geographical areas, and also perform effective coordinated care with other specialists for a challenging patient case.

Summary

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Healthcare is on a road to lower costs, simplicity, affordability, cost and pricing transparency, patient visibility, and operational efficiency and telehealth capabilities will be one of the components along that path.

Telehealth can be a broad definition especially when reviewing some statistics.  While technically the statistics are accurate, telehealth for remote monitoring and video visits on a routine basis for complicated patient care paths is in its early adoption.  At first glance, it seems that telehealth revolves around patient-convenience — no waiting room chaos leads to a smooth way of getting treated at the convenience of the patients.

However, research also shows that patients engaged in telemedicine have fewer hospital re-admissions and score low on anxiety, depression, and stress.

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There are many possibilities and advantages for telehealth via video visits and automated patient management.  Better care and more convenient care for patients.  More care operational efficiencies and more time to care for patients via automation capabilities.  More revenues for physicians through broader geographic coverage, and easier collaboration.  More patients through higher patient satisfaction, and more referrals.

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What is Patient Engagement Really Worth? Patient Safety? Higher Reimbursement? Lower Operational Costs?

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Putting patients first – is the ultimate focus of the newly emerged value based care systems – but is it really worth anything to the bottom-line for providers? Currently, healthcare has become patient-centric and patients are having stronger voices in healthcare decisions and ensure that the care that they receive specifically meets their needs and preferences. As quoted by Susan Dentzer, editor of Health Affairs, patient engagement is the “blockbuster of 21st century”. Beyond safety and patient considerations, effective patient engagements means that you can save operational costs to manage patients throughout the continuum of care and also increase your reimbursements.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO SAFER AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE

Patients are the ultimate care receivers and it is a fact that though the physician is a trained medical practitioner, he is not a perfect communicator nor can he read the patients’ minds. When patients are involved in their care procedures, they are more likely to adhere and respond better to the medications and other treatment procedures and the occurrences of any emergency treatments or complex situations.

Utilizing technologies for visit reminders, treatment reminders, outcome tracking, automating follow-up visits, and collaboration with other patient physicians and caregivers not only help strengthen the patient provider trust relationship — it also leads to higher quality care. Working together with the patients, the healthcare providers foster an environment wherein patients provide better subjective evidence to conversations and understand the need for prescribed medical procedures.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has shifted its reimbursement system to patient outcomes. Hospitals are no longer paid for the care delivery without analyzing their success rates. Care providers are financially rewarded or penalized depending on the outcomes of the care.

The trend toward value care or episode based or bundled care pricing is not going away – it is consistently in the top 3 future trends for healthcare. And it’s not just CMS either — when Lifecycle Health is speaking with healthcare providers in the last 6 months, the comments seem to be more concerned around “The pricing and operational challenges for Value Care or bundled episode is not just CMS any more — during our latest contract renewals with commercial payers, they are now desiring the same organization and setup for patient bundles. This scenario is a real problem for healthcare providers as we need streamline our operations for both CMS and commercial patients to track bundles and patients effectively, and there is no real way to do this. This is why we have been impressed with the Lifecycle Health platform – it is tackling this issue.”

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT FOSTERS SELF MANAGEMENT

When care receivers are well-informed about their medical condition and involved in all the decisions relating to the same, they are in a better position to recognize, treat, and manage their own health problems. People suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, need to manage their daily lives and living habits to be able to cope up with the treatment procedure they have undergone and secure the results for a longer duration.

Moreover, as a result of active learning, the complete scenario in the office visit process appears to have changed. Patients are well-equipped with provider-approved information related to their healthcare conditions and they are in a position to optimize office visits only when certain clarification is required.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IMPROVES FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY

It is quite obvious. Since patients are involved in their healthcare discussions and are well-informed about what they need to do to take care of them once they get back home, there is little left at the physician’s end. The provider may give them a checklist which ensures that the necessary care is taken rather than delaying discharge of the patient from the hospital, costing more to both the patient and the provider.

The many benefits of patient engagement and healthcare technology have been proven to outweigh the challenges and costs of implementation. Providers and patients are enthusiastically extending their hands for the cause of collaborative, technological healthcare processes that would ease the journey while investing in better population health at affordable prices.

Value based care – as we call it now, is an outcome of a 360 degree involvement in healthcare and has changed the parameters of medical treatment procedures. Patients are empowered with medical knowledge and have the right to participate in their own care. There are patient management and coordination automation software that make it an easier process for you and your patients – and you do not have to break the bank on implementation!

LifeCycle Health is one among those who bridge the gap between all the members involved in a particular healthcare episode by bringing them to a single environment where they can share, interact, discuss, and communicate more effectively regarding the patient’s care path. Get to know more about our multi-provider healthcare methods, care coordination, and easy patient management platform capabilities.

To collaborate your healthcare journeys with us, visit us at www.lifecyclehealth.com and experience immense care satisfaction for your patients, and gain significant efficiencies for your practice.

Putting the Patient’s Experience First

Putting the patient’s experience first – is the ultimate focus of the newly emerged value based care systems. Nowadays, healthcare has become patient-centric and people are having stronger voices in healthcare decisions and ensure that the care that they receive specifically meets their needs and preferences. As quoted by Susan Dentzer, editor of Health Affairs, patient engagement is the “blockbuster of 21st century”. The biggest challenge is “how, if, and when” will the healthcare networks and providers change their business processes to adapt to value care scenarios.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO SAFER AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE

Patients are the ultimate care receivers and it is a fact that though the physician is a trained medical practitioner, he is not a perfect communicator nor can he read a patient’s mind. When patients are involved in their care procedures, they are more likely to adhere and respond better to the medications and other treatment procedures and the occurrences of any emergency treatments or complex situations. Working together with the patients, the healthcare providers foster an environment wherein patients provide better subjective evidence to conversations and understand the need for prescribed medical procedures.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid has shifted its reimbursement system to patient outcomes. Hospitals are no longer paid for the care delivery without analyzing their success rates. Care providers are financially rewarded or penalized depending on the outcomes of the care.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT FOSTERS SELF MANAGEMENT

When care receivers are well-informed about their medical condition and involved in all the decisions relating to the same, they are in a better position to recognize, treat, and manage their own health problems. People suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, need to manage their daily lives and living habits to be able to cope up with the treatment procedure they have undergone and secure the results for a longer duration.

Moreover, as a result of active learning, the complete scenario in the office visit process appears to have changed. Patients are well-equipped with provider-approved information related to their healthcare conditions and they are in a position to optimize office visits only when certain clarification is required.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IMPROVES FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY

Since patients are involved in their healthcare discussions and are well-informed about what they need to do to take care of themselves once they get back home, there is little left at the physician’s end – right? But it’s much more complicated than that to coordinate a patience for an entire episode. The provider may give them a checklist which ensures that the necessary care is taken rather than delaying discharge of the patient from the hospital, costing more to both the patient and the provider. It seems quite obvious – but its complicated, and keeping a patient engaged in their care along the continuum is more difficult than it would seem — and that’s if providers could find the time to help.

The many benefits of patient engagement and healthcare technology have been proven to outweigh the challenges and costs of implementation. Providers and patients are enthusiastically extending their hands for the cause of collaborative, technological healthcare processes that would ease the journey while investing in better population health at affordable prices.

Value based care – as we call it now, is an outcome of a 360 degree involvement in healthcare and has changed the parameters of medical treatment procedures. Patients are empowered with medical knowledge and have the right to participate in their own care. There are patient engagement software offerings that make it an easier process for providers and patients.

Lifecycle Health is one among those healthcare patient engagement and patient management solutions that bridges the gaps among the care team members involved in a particular healthcare episode by bringing them to a single platform where they can share, interact, discuss, and engage with each other — providers-to-providers, and patients-to-providers.

Get to know more about our methods of connecting the multiple provider care continuum, care coordination, and easy healthcare application. To collaborate your healthcare journeys with us, visit us at http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/home and enable your organization to provide immense care satisfaction with our proven methods.

Know How Telehealth has Impacted Healthcare Scenario Globally

Electronic communication has influentially penetrated in healthcare and has a great impact on patient care. It has incredibly changed the way physicians and patients interact, especially telemedicine. In a recent report by Winter Green Research, Inc., a market research firm based in Lexington, Mass. it is predicted that the market for telemedicine software and devices will increase 736 million in 2011 to $2.5 billion in 2018 and the numbers seem to be progressing as expected.

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This care transition has made medicine available to regions which are void of adequate healthcare infrastructure. Telemedicine employs a multitude of modern technologies to transmit information via audio, video, text, or images that ultimately leads to better healthcare. Patients can connect with healthcare specialists half way round the globe, email MRI scans or arrange a video conference for diagnosis. All what’s needed is – an internet connection. Interestingly, it is now even possible to distantly monitor the glucose levels or blood pressure of a clinic’s patients through a computer screen. Telehealth has raised the horizons for regions without adequate healthcare infrastructure. It helps under-staffed clinics and undertrained practitioners to deliver effective medical care through expert assistance.

The benefits are not limited. They extend from patients to care givers, financers, and various other aspects related to treatment procedures. There is a drastic cost reduction. Telemedicine offers cost savings as travel expenses (that usually amount on the higher side) are immensely reduced. Additionally, it provides a second line of training to junior physicians almost free of cost.

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The global telemedicine market is expanding at an exponential rate. Geographic analysis of telehealth oriented developments show major influences in some areas of the world. A number of factors spur the growth of telemedicine and other related e-health services to ensure better quality Patient Engagement services across the globe. Masses are becoming more aware about healthcare conditions and demand high-quality care, medication and attention. Telehealth relies on the information available on healthcare networks provided by EMR infrastructures that are incorporated in global health measures. This healthcare information exchange is in its young years on the international boundaries and is sure to capture a larger market in the coming years.

LifeCycle Health has taken the initiative of telehealth seriously and encourages extensive participation making quality healthcare approachable. We have accepted this concept of care transition and promote value care and bundled payment models to quench this desire for lower healthcare costs. Visit : http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/get-started/

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  1. Healthcare Providers’ Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions 2017
  2. Value Based Care is the New Health Care

Importance & Consequences of Patient Engagement in Healthcare Solutions

Putting patients first – is the ultimate focus of the newly emerged value based care systems. Nowadays, healthcare has become patient-centric and people are having stronger voices in healthcare decisions and ensure that the care that they receive specifically meets their needs and preferences. As quoted by Susan Dentzer, editor of Health Affairs, patient engagement is the “blockbuster of 21st century”.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO SAFER AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE

patient engagement
Patient Provider Communication Collaboration

Patients are the ultimate care receivers and it is a fact that though the physician is a trained medical practitioner, he is not a perfect communicator nor can he read the patients’ minds. When patients are involved in their care procedures, they are more likely to adhere and respond better to the medications and other treatment procedures and the occurrences of any emergency treatments or complex situations. Working together with the patients, the healthcare providers foster an environment wherein patients provide better subjective evidence to conversations and understand the need for prescribed medical procedures.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO HIGHER REIMBURSEMENT

patient engagement -reimbursement

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid has shifted its reimbursement system to patient outcomes. Hospitals are no longer paid for the care delivery without analyzing their success rates. Care providers are financially rewarded or penalized depending on the outcomes of the care.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT FOSTERS SELF MANAGEMENT

When care receivers are well-informed about their medical condition and involved in all the decisions relating to the same, they are in a better position to recognize, treat, and manage their own health problems. People suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, need to manage their daily lives and living habits to be able to cope up with the treatment procedure they have undergone and secure the results for a longer duration.

self management

Moreover, as a result of active learning, the complete scenario in the office visit process appears to have changed. Patient Engagement Software are well-equipped with provider-approved information related to their healthcare conditions and they are in a position to optimize office visits only when certain clarification is required.

PATIENT ENGAGEMENT IMPROVES FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS EFFICIENCY

It is quite obvious. Since patients are involved in their healthcare discussions and are well-informed about what they need to do to take care of them once they get back home, there is little left at the physician’s end. The provider may give them a checklist which ensures that the necessary care is taken rather than delaying discharge of the patient from the hospital, costing more to both the patient and the provider.

operation effeciencyThe many benefits of patient engagement and healthcare technology have been proven to outweigh the challenges and costs of implementation. Providers and patients are enthusiastically extending their hands for the cause of collaborative, technological healthcare processes that would ease the journey while investing in better population health at affordable prices.

Value based care – as we call it now, is an outcome of a 360 degree involvement in healthcare and has changed the parameters of medical treatment procedures. Patients are empowered with medical knowledge and have the right to participate in their own care. There are patient engagement software that make it an easier process. Life Cycle Health is one among those healthcare providers who bridge the gap between all the members involved in a particular healthcare episode by bringing them to a single platform where they can share, interact, discuss, and fill follow-up surveys. Get to know more about our multi—provider healthcare methods, care transitioncare coordination, and easy healthcare application. To collaborate your healthcare journeys with us, visit us at http://www.lifecyclehealth.com/home and experience immense care satisfaction with our proven methods.

Read more info at :

  1.  4 Provider-Patient Communication Considerations for Better Healthcare
  2.  Value Based Care is the New Health Care