sophisticated algorithms, and data presentation capabilities to help dispersed care teams manage at-risk patients and prevent complications when there is no specialist at the bedside. It’s a new delivery model that requires us to think differently and to coordinate efforts. A network of people, hospitals, and technological expertise can address issues of access to care, caregiver shortages, distance, cost of care, and the need to improve outcomes. The model is scalable and sustainable. The model has potential for long standing public good.
A telehealth model transcends traditional care settings for long-distance consultation and evaluation. This model is also scalable to non-traditional care settings like the home, enabling family members to remotely monitor their loved ones along with home health nurses, health coaches, and other caregivers – regardless of where they are in the world.
Consumer engagement is a force for change in healthcare and everyday technologies make it possible – and even expected – to find new ways to deliver healthcare. We need to pave the way for innovation, such as a highly monitored telehealth environment using video cameras and other medical technologies, to connect people with resources and care providers. We need to give people tools so they’re involved in their own wellbeing. These are keys to the success of any new health delivery system.
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