Assisted living is costly and often miserable for senior citizens. What if there were a way to age gracefully at home? With virtual health, this is possible! Virtual Living, which was initially launched in New York, allows seniors to communicate with caregivers and healthcare providers, track their vital signs, receive health and wellness tips, handle certain financial issues, arrange meal delivery, and more. The goal of this technology is to deliver the assisted living experience from the comfort of your own home for half the cost. Solutions like virtual health are life-changing for seniors who plan to age comfortably at home and get some of their independence back!
The idea is to start Virtual Healthcare plans starting at around 10 percent of the average cost of an assisted living contract. Virtual health provides not only support to its clients but excellent service to ensure all problems are identified and optimal solutions are achieved.
Virtual health platforms interpret, integrates, and aggregates data from EMRs/EHRs and other systems. This includes diagnoses, lab tests, and billing. All of the data is collected in a Master Patient Index to create an entire person view that allows the entire care team to collaborate in an organized manner to improve the health of the populations they attend. The platform utilizes both native as well as third-party analytics to optimize insights for each patient. Virtual health uses longitudinal analysis of the population for extracting key social and clinical indicators. This platform also uses this data to understand the impact of applied interventions.
Virtual Health works by collaborating with families, patients, and a wide care team to improve outcomes, care plan management, resource utilization, and patient satisfaction. Care plan management creates actionable intelligence for the care team. These services are applied seamlessly to the care manager's work and include home health, transportation management, nutrition, home modification or maintenance, financial assistance, among many other functions.
Benefits of Virtual Health:
- Increasing the number of patients that can be seen and treated during any given period of time.
- Minimizes both hospital admissions and readmissions by addressing non-emergency health problems with preventative techniques.
- Earns incentives from health programs. For example, the HITECH Act.
- Expands medical service to patients who require more access, such as clients who live in remote or rural areas.
- Virtual health helps to monitor and manage long-term and post-hospital care while a patient recovers at home. This function provides more freedom for the patients.
- Provides new streams of revenue through virtual assessments and consultations.
- Virtual health works to activate, engage, and inform patients through what is called omnichannel communication.
- Collaborates with both patients and their families.
- Virtual health eliminates gaps in care.
- The care team improves outcomes as well as both patient and staff satisfaction.
A large percentage of money spent in the healthcare industry (approximately 75%) is spent on treating chronic illness and diseases. The National Health Council records that there are approximately 133 million Americans who currently have a chronic disease, and the number continues to increase each year. With virtual health, physicians have an easier way to continue monitoring chronic care patients while reducing the costs. Virtual care also provides healthcare professionals with a new method of treating routine health concerns, such as seasonal allergies, strep, sinus infection, and the common cold. This means that minor health concerns can be treated faster and often from the comfort of the patient's home. In some cases, virtual care programs can even provide instant access to a physician or doctor. No wait time included! Other programs are available to put patients in contact with physicians during non-regular or off hours, giving patients access to a doctor without having to go to the emergency room.
Other Virtual Health features:
- Prescription refills and dose reminders.
- Schedule in-office appointments with a doctor or physician.
- Access personal lab test results and medical information.
- Receive important health updates and reminders that are tailored to their needs.
- Provides patients with the resources and tools needed to actively manage and monitor their own health goals as needed.
Overall, Virtual Health programs present life-changing new opportunities for both patients and doctors to utilize.
Written by Senior Tech News journalist Haley Sanderson
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