Like with any disruptive technology, we have innovators and early adopters. As we transition from pilot programs to enterprise wide deployments, scalability undoubtedly remains a critical topic of discussion, especially as it relates to the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).
While connected care and the IoMT are not yet ubiquitous, we can help ensure scalability by identifying the accelerators and opportunities to propel this movement forward:
Creating Simplicity: As an industry, we need to start thinking less about the actual technology and more about how we can help providers adopt and use our technologies. We need to make it effortless for them, and be obsessive about simplicity.
Building a Connective Fabric: We must create a seamless fabric with the IoMT that makes care along the continuum – from the hospital to the home, and everywhere in between – predictive, intelligent and connected.
Developing Medical-Grade Devices: Ensuring that the technologies we create are medical-grade is essential. Health care professionals make life and death decisions based on the health data that comes from connected devices and apps. To that end, we have to guarantee that doctors can trust this data – and that it is secure and private.
Supporting Clinician Behavior Change: We have to work with providers to help them learn and practice a new care model. As payment reform moves away from fee for service to value-based incentives, clinicians will need to deliver care more and more through virtual means (remote patient monitoring and telehealth)versus traditional face-to-face encounter-based care. As an example, the new Medicare Chronic Care Management (CCM) program offers reimbursement to providers without requiring a face-to-face encounter for the first time in history. This, and many other programs, pave the way for virtual care models that can improve outcomes, reduce cost of care, and align incentives for patients, providers, and payers alike.
Building Smooth Clinical Workflow: How does technology fit into what doctors and nurses need to do on a daily basis? We have an opportunity to educate health care professionals and also create processes using connected health technologies that allows for smoother workflows, where near real-time data delivery enhances care.
As we look at the adoption curve for scalable connected health, it’s imperative to understand that these accelerators are not barriers to wide-scale adoption, they’re opportunities.
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