Digital tools are transforming the way we deliver and experience healthcare. While historically the healthcare sector lags behind when it comes to the adoption of technology, it is becoming increasingly clear that the industry must evolve to deliver better, more accessible care and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
COVID-19 has also been a catalyst for change – increasing the need for digital tools in the space. Whether for virtual appointments, improving communication with patients, or self-management, technology is making a significant and positive impact on the way healthcare is delivered.
In honour of Digital Health Week, here’s a roundup of digital health tools that are revolutionizing patient-centred healthcare.
Medchart allows patients to own their health information, by storing all of their records online, and simplifying the request and release of information for healthcare providers, lawyers, insurance providers and patients. Patients control who has access to their health records – and everything is in one place making it easy to manage.
League is “reimagining the health benefits experience to give people a more consumer-centric way to manage their health.” Their digital platform allows employees to access their healthcare benefits information through an easy-to-use app, that’s personalized for the user.
PAI stands for personal activity intelligence. There’s no questions that physical activity has far reaching health benefits, especially when it comes to heart health. The PAI app works with popular wearable devices to customize to your profile, factoring in sex, age and resting/max. heart rate. Based on this information and heart rate data, it calculates a PAI score. It’s been shown that achieving a weekly PAI score of 100 or more is associated with four to five years longer life when compared to those who are physically active.
SeamlessMD is a patient engagement tool that can integrate with a physician’s electronic health record system to engage patients, deliver personalized education, track and monitor patients and provide custom reports to help accelerate improvements to care. As its name indicates, this tool is creating a more seamless path for patient education and engagement.
Moodbeam is transforming the way we see mood by making it easier to understand and talk about. This wearable device also has an accompanying app that helps you visualize your mood and track various triggers. The company has formed a partnership with Agencia’s Primary Care Direct, to trial the wellbeing tool among general practitioners and clinical staff. The goal is for the data to inform managers if additional supports are needed for their team.
This prescription service allows patients to order their prescription by phone or online with fast and free shipping that delivers your prescription straight to your door. They also work with patients to mange their medications and provide support through their live chat box.