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Ways EHRs are using technology to address Chronic Disease Management?

May 1, 2021 - by Parul Saini, Webmedy team


As technology grows, Electronic Health Records(EHR) companies are looking for ways to engage patients with chronic diseases. Chronic diseases like- cancer, heart, and diabetes are placing a burden on world healthcare systems. In response, some health care organizations are starting chronic disease management (CDM) programs to decrease the incidence of preventable hospitalizations and unfavorable events by more effectively and comprehensively managing the health of patients with chronic conditions.

Many health organizations are employing health information technology (health IT) to facilitate their chronic disease management programs. Using EHR effectively can improve care quality, streamline clinical workflow, and can save hospital costs. With the growing evidence of cost and quality benefits from using EHRs on various chronic diseases, there is no doubt that health information technology (HIT) has the potential to transform primary care organizations and chronic disease management.

This blog discusses how technology can help healthcare systems not only keep up with the needs of their chronically ill patients but also to improve the quality of care they deliver.

Ways EHRs are using technology to address Chronic Disease Management

  • Managed Care Plan

    There should be a managed care plan involving prescription adherence is foundational to a successful chronic disease management plan. Medications cost is still one of the biggest challenges in organizations. Cost transparency in EHR workflow has aid support adherence by giving doctors insights into what their patients will pay and from where patients get medications. As many patients are generally on many medications that need to be taken throughout the day, reminding patients to use pillboxes can advance care plan medication adherence.

  • Telemedicine

    Telemedicine made it simple for doctors to check on their patients, particularly those with transportation challenges, medical disabilities, or other debilitating issues. With remote care, a regular checkup can be done on time, without putting high-risk patients at risk. Telemedicine can virtual relationships between patients and physicians through meaningful health coaching.

  • Secure Direct Messaging

    Does this happen with you also that your patients have some quick questions but they don't want to schedule a virtual meeting? If yes, then secure direct messaging is an important feature in EHR utilized to help remind patients about an upcoming visit, report a change in health status, or even ask a simple question. Secure messaging often takes place within the patient portal. It helps patients to talk to the doctor anytime about their health and medication.

  • Connected with Patient

    The chronic care model concentrates on a pro-active team that follows up with the patients as well as educates patients with their health journey and treatment. A big part of this can be accomplished by using technology to transform health care delivery. This concept of educating and connecting with the patient is referred to as "Connected patients" emerged from the need to maximize health resources with the growing demands. This vision of connected health highlights two core elements: self-care and remote care. Self-care can lessen demand, and remote care can increase supply.

  • Self-care

    Self-care is an important factor in chronic disease management. It includes giving patients motivation, education, and feedback about their treatment, so that patient can manage their care and conditions on daily basis. It can also encourage healthy behavior for those at risk of chronic disease.

  • Remote Care

    Remote care involves monitoring, diagnosing, and communicating with the patient at a far distance. It goes a step further than basic patient-physician messaging and uses sensors to take quantitative data. This can facilitate greater quality care. It can also lead to greater efficiency for a multidisciplinary medical team if the data is reported by a centralized mechanism.

Enabling Technologies for Chronic Disease Management

Here is the list of technology that is helpful in chronic disease management.

  • Sensors

    From off-the-shelf blood pressure cuffs to wireless oximeters to implantable glucose monitors, the sensor industry is growing with reliable, cost-effective tools to capture, store and transfer physiologic parameters.

  • Communicators

    Data from remote patients, involving physiologic markers and information about their disease severity, clinical state, and functional status, must be aggregated and communicated to providers, and then displayed back to patients to encourage self-care.

  • Data Presentation

    For the clinicians, the information for patients and physicians must be integrated into electronic health records (EHR) format for review, decision making, and action. For the patient, this means the information must be presented in a clear and meaningful way that is easy to use and encourages self-care.

  • EHRs (Electronic Health Records)

    While just beginning to develop, electronic health records (EHRs) will frequently be open to patients who wish to obtain, store and share their health data.

Summary

The increasing burden of chronic disease management requires new models of care delivery. Connected health plans provide for enhanced access, quality and performance by encouraging increased self-care and allowing remote care of patients. The defining features of connected health care are to give care, where and patients need it. Interactive patient-provider online communications, remote lifestyle feedback, and home monitoring of patients with chronic diseases lie at the center of this vision. Now patients from remote areas, of all ages are looking for easy, quick, and affordable care when it comes to their healthcare. Get started with a free trial of our cloud-based EHR today.

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