Rural communities are increasingly losing trained professionals to larger cities where up-to-date education & certification are more accessible. The Smart+Connected Community in Action video case study on Colorado Springs takes us to a smart+connected community in rural Colorado that is working with the bigger city of Denver to address this important issue.
It is of particular interest to me to see how technology can be leveraged to help care providers meet legislation requirements and improve care delivery and outcomes at the same time! One of our most recent examples of how this alignment occurred was through collaboration with Saint Thomas Health as part of the MissionPoint Health Partners pilot. We have been working on this project since 2010 to bring our Cisco HealthPresence Solution to underserved communities in Tennessee.
Cisco HealthPresence is one of the solutions designed to facilitate better and more regular care.
The objective is to help extend the reach of healthcare delivery, simplify healthcare communications, and connect patients with medical providers and specialists to enable examinations in a convenient and efficient manner.
If you are like me, going to the Doctor’s is not a favorite task…I especially hate the waiting in the office knowing that I am surrounded by germs, contagions, and other icky stuff. So the idea of being able to see my doctor virtually is very appealing to me! Connected healthcare is not a new concept and Cisco has been leading the way in providing technology solutions that reduce the cost of quality care for chronically ill patients, increase the control on infectious diseases, produce a reduction in epidemics, decrease the rate of medical errors, and provide better customer service.
Before we proceed let’s define connected health, according to Wikipedia the definition is:
Connected Health is a term used to describe a model for healthcare delivery that uses technology to provide healthcare remotely. Connected health aims to maximize healthcare resources and provide increased, flexible opportunities for consumers to engage with clinicians and better self-manage their care. It uses technology – often leveraging readily available consumer technologies – to deliver patient care outside of the hospital or doctor’s office. Connected health encompasses programs in telehealth, remote care (such as home care) and disease and lifestyle management, often leverages existing technologies such as connected devices using existing cellular networks and is associated with efforts to improve chronic care.
This video provides a framework for Cisco’s vision of the future of healthcare.
With Cisco’s Community for Connected Health Summit and HIMSS taking place this week it is no surprise that new announcements are being published regarding the continued evolution of connected healthcare. Some of the announcements over the last couple of weeks include:
Tunstall Healthcare to provide telehealth to more than 6,000 patients in New South Wales, Australia. The primary goal is to prevent re-hospitalization. The program aims to help health professionals better manage chronic conditions, with telehealth as a key component.
KVIE Public Television’s, “Digital Doctors — The Future of Healthcare,” features coverage of Cisco’s work in advancing telehealth services in healthcare. This segment examines how new advancements in healthcare technology are enabling doctors and other clinicians to remotely interact and diagnose patients from miles away.
I for one am looking forward to no more icky waiting rooms, yeah to the doctor always being in!