• 3
    June
    2016

    Technology Enabled Home Health Care: How Reliable is it?

    Technology holds a primary role in expanding the global market for home health care majorly as it improves the patients comfort as well as drastically reduces the costs. New technology enables patients to stay at home and get treated rather than in costly nursing homes or medical institutions, leading to potentially good saving for the healthcare system. The main aim of technology-enabled home health care is diagnosing and curing ailments at home and thereby reducing the need of institutional or nursing home care and relieving the patients from financial and emotional burden.

    Formerly, most of the home healthcare products consisted of durable pieces of equipments like wheelchairs, safety rugs, walkers, blood pressure, diabetes and sugar level and other monitoring devices, etc. With the evolution of technology in recent years, most home care products are internet enabled apps for mobile health, home monitors, sleep monitors, telemedicine, etc. As these technologies are connected and affordable, they have been widely accepted.

    It is necessary that the patients be able to trust and rely on the services that are offered to them. Companies, be it legendary players or newcomers need to take care of the following aspects while implementing a business model for developing the technology for home health care.

    Repeatable Technology:

    While applying the technology for specific targeted audiences and diseases, one needs to make sure it can be used frequently and repeatedly. Patients usually prefer to follow a routine in using a typical application or device to monitor their health conditions over the course of a chronic disease. Infrequently used technologies are eventually ignored by the customers as they either not convenient to use or are less compelling to their needs.

    Create Significant Impact:

    If a technology cannot help patients in conversely showing progress in their health conditions, then the value of it is merely negligible. No one would prefer to risk their life and rely on technology to cure their disease by staying at home and depending on devices or applications. The technology must affect a patient’s clinical course of care. Patients would prefer to use only such devices that help them in curing the disease and show constant improvement in their health.

    Actionable and Timely:

    The technology must be capable of taking actions in cases when intervention is required, through the help of a nurse or a device. A technology that just solely observes the health conditions and does not promptly alarm the patients in case of any critical conditions is of no use to them. The home care technology must be able to respond rapidly and reliably in guiding the patients or initiating interventions and must keep a constant check on their changing health conditions.

    Monitor Feedback:

    The technology must have a feedback system to measure the progress of the patient’s health against some goals. An active feedback system allows them to verify whether adequate actions and treatments are occurring as expected. A constant check and an active closed feedback loop will determine the effectiveness and value of the technology and help the patient in determining how useful it is in curing the ailment.

    Easily Useable:

    The developed technology must be targeted to a greater audience and must be easily understandable and helpful to the patients. Also, it must be readily available to all users at the right place and right time. Faulty performance and mediocre user interfaces are a downfall to the company providing the service. The applications and devices must be scalable to larger populations in real-world conditions and not just useful to people under specific conditions.

    The medical conditions that can be successfully addressed by technology-enabled home care include chronic diseases that persist for years, diseases that require a standardized and repeatable step-by-step guide that can be executed by anyone, and diseases that do not require round-the-clock human monitoring. These technologies are substantially targeted to patients over the age of 65 and those suffering from diseases like hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, etc.

    Silver Touch has remarkable experience in providing a broad range of innovative healthcare industry software solutions. Get in touch with us at info@silvertouchinc.com to know more about our business capabilities and offerings.

    Shruti Vasudevan

    Shruti is a technical content writer working with Silver Touch Technologies Ltd. She keeps keen interest in researching and writing on technical topics. She is a B.Tech graduate in Electronics and Communication and focuses on learning new things.

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