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Top Digital Health Tools Every Practice Should be Using

       

Digital tools have become a staple for improving healthcare. They play an indispensable role in the practice of medicine.

 

To help physicians maximize technology for improved patient care, the American Medical Association (AMA) surveyed healthcare providers on their use of digital tools.

 

The study also revealed that most physicians see the potential for digital tools to improve patient care. Among their key findings, the AMA stated that physicians look into implementing digital tools to improve practice efficiency and diagnostic ability, increase patient safety, reduce burnout, and improve physician-patient relationship.

 

Not every solution makes sense for every practice, but we have listed the ones that can benefit all practices no matter the type or size.

 

Patient Portals

 

Patients and physicians are both big fans of patient portals. A 2017 survey revealed that patients believe that patient portal will strengthen the patient-provider relationship, reduce unnecessary clinic visits, and that a mobile patient portal is useful.

 

Patients can use the portal to schedule appointments, request prescription refills, view health records, educational material, and send messages to the physician or practice. It not only saves patients’ time, but it also improves the work process and practices workflow. This technology improves many areas of your practice including care, communication, and workflow.

 

Telemedicine

 

Telemedicine is a rapidly growing component of health care. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) stated that “over half of all U.S. hospitals now use some form of telemedicine.” Telemedicine solutions offer improved access to patients, but it also allows physicians to expand their reach beyond their offices. It gives both, rural and urban areas the opportunity for more options for providers where there’s a shortage.

 

The ATA also shares that Telemedicine reduces the cost of health care “while improving efficiency through better management of chronic diseases, shared health professional staffing, reduced travel times, and fewer or shorter hospital stays”

 

Secure Text Messaging

 

Secure text messaging can help healthcare providers improve patient care. It allows patients to reach physicians effortlessly and at the same time, physicians can send appointment reminders, send updates regarding lab results or prescription refills.

 

According to a data brief by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), secure text messaging has become an increasingly popular path for providers. In fact, 52 percent of physicians say they have exchanged secure messages.

 

While secure text messaging is very popular among patients and physicians, it is essential to implement a solution that is HIPAA compliant and secure.


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