Patient engagement technologies increase demand on data networks
Thanks to a wealth of new technologies, today’s patients are more engaged with their own healthcare management than ever before. From applications and wearable devices to online patient portals and video-based consultations, healthcare technology lets patients take a more active part in their care and have changed the way doctors collaborate and keep patients informed.
At a HIMSS 2015 focus group in Chicago this past April, healthcare IT and operations professionals discussed the challenges and opportunities inherent in patient engagement technologies. While each party reported varying levels of success, one fact remains clear: Robust data networks are crucial for supporting those technologies and helping to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.