We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
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It's important to improve patients' engagement in their own care to achieve better outcomes. Telehealth tools can help, including those that deliver educational and other important information to patients, whether they're at home or in a clinical setting like a medical waiting area.
GetWellNetwork recently announced its interactive patient care and educational resources are available on the iPad. Previously, the GetWellTown offerings--which include a comprehensive library of pediatric education videos from KidsHealth, were available mainly to hospitalized patients.
Now with the GetWellNetwork iPad offering, interactive patient care and educational resources are accessible to outpatients and families in a variety of care settings. For example, Children's of Alabama is using the iPad offering to let patients and families access medical treatment videos and information in specialty clinics, emergency rooms, outpatient areas, and neonatal intensive care units.
Meanwhile, the vendor's Getwell@Home product provides hospitals with a digital platform to engage patients from home using mobile devices, the Web, and cable TV after they've been discharged from the hospital and are recovering. That enables patients to remotely review discharge instructions, care plans, and information about their medications.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?