Healthcare professionals in our complex ecosystem know how important it is to stay abreast of emerging technologies. The digital transformation of healthcare has moved forward at the speed of light, requiring doctors to explore the adoption of new processes and equipment in order to stay profitable.
Deciding which technologies are worth the investment can seem overwhelming, especially with the flood of new products hitting the market. Regardless of how you view change, the impact of emerging technology has had a positive impact both on patient care and revenues for those who are willing to adapt.
Innovations such as telemedicine, concierge healthcare, and home-monitoring devices are just some of the examples of ways the market has been disrupted. This “new” way of practicing medicine has the potential to increase efficiency through automated data collection and a shared workload and lead to improved patient outcomes.
Automating Data Collection
Automatic data collectors and wearables have become mainstream both for personal health and for supervised medical care.
For example, devices like the Aluna portable spirometer alleviate the need for lung health patients to come to the office and perform spirometry. By connecting to a doctor dashboard through a mobile app, a person can record daily FEV1% scores, which can then be reviewed by a doctor or other medical personnel.
With enough data points, predictive analysis can signal a decrease in lung function and the need for treatment. The dashboard can also alert the supervising doctor when such an event is likely, giving them the ability to proactively engage with their patient.
Devices like Aluna negate the need for individual appointments. Now it’s possible to review multiple patients during a single session.
Increasing Efficiency by Sharing the Workload
Most health insurance companies allow practices to bill for home-based care and monitoring their patients’ lung health using RPM codes for setup, treatment, and the time spent monitoring the data.
In the case of Aluna, clinical staff, a doctor, or a qualified healthcare practitioner will spend about 5-8 minutes per week viewing the patient’s data in the Aluna dashboard. There, they can access and manage a patients’ data in an intuitive, easy-to-use portal and even track what has been billed and what has not.
This frees up the doctor to meet with critical care patients and reduces the amount of time spent monitoring well patients and dealing with administrative paperwork.
Improving Patient Outcomes
Due to COVID-19, more and more doctors have been looking for ways to treat patients remotely. The FDA has recognized that devices like Aluna can benefit patients and doctors alike in the management of respiratory issues. Aluna is the perfect solution for asthma and Cystic Fibrosis patients or others in need of regular spirometry tests.
Aluna can help a doctor build a more precise treatment plan for their patients. Spirometry data confirms that a patient is taking the right amount of medication, and help a doctor build an action plan customized to each patient’s needs.
Adopting a New Approach to Healthcare
Emerging technologies can and do offer opportunities for doctors to improve patient experience and outcomes. Remote health monitoring is just one of many new innovations in medicine that is changing the way doctors can manage their patients.
As with any business, the adoption of innovative products, such as Aluna, can help you reach your goals of improving lives and running a profitable practice.
Are you ready to embrace the future?