At the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, CaptureProof is thrilled to see that three of the hottest, most talked-about trends are patient engagement, connected health, and the overall consumerization of healthcare. CaptureProof fits squarely into all three of these top trends. Let’s break it down:
- HIMSS defines patient engagement as the idea that providers and patients are working together to improve health. The Joint Commission has stated that communication breakdowns between care providers and between providers and their patients is the crux of nearly 3,000 events reported to them. Patient engagement combats this problem by allowing patients to be more involved in their own healthcare and engaged in the decision-making process, ultimately contributing to improved outcomes.
- Connected health, as defined by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, is the collective term for telecare, telehealth, telemedicine, mHealth, digital health and eHealth services. By leveraging mobile and wireless devices as connected health tools, patients can easily communicate with their provider and vice versa. The 2016 HIMSS Connected Health Survey notes that 52% of hospitals currently use three or more connected health technologies, while 47% are looking to expand the connected health technologies they use.
- Last, in the digital age we’re now living in, the innovations that we use in our day-to-day lives are creeping into the healthcare industry. Patients expect their healthcare experience to be no different than other aspects of their lives - with the same level of convenience, access to information at their fingertips when they need it, and at reasonable costs.
The CaptureProof platform empowers patients and providers with the tools to track and communicate a treatment process through photos and videos in a simple, secure and HIPAA-compliant manner, eliminating many of the barriers impacting patient engagement efforts (e.g. geographic barriers and time constraints) to cultivate new and ongoing conversations between providers and patients. CaptureProof is a connected health tool for capturing, comparing and sharing medical photos/video asynchronously to enable provider-to-provider and provider-to-patient visual communication, putting the provider’s eye into the patient’s hand, when and where it’s needed. The Smart Medical Camera™ shows more than the eye alone can see, and the capture can be easily shared with caretakers, allowing patients and providers to track health and healing over time. With this more accurate and meaningful visual data, providers can make more informed healthcare decisions, improving patient care experience and outcomes.
Ultimately, all of these trends play back to the role of patients as consumers and the overall consumerization of healthcare. With CaptureProof, the mobile phone becomes a medical tool, and patients can capture their symptoms as they happen, avoiding the “wait-and-see” visit by recording symptoms through notes, photos, or video, and show up prepared to share with the provider. Patients don’t need to struggle to explain their symptoms, and provider’s don’t need to guess what they really mean. With CaptureProof, patient’s show-and-tell, and providers see-and-know.