Coordinating Healthcare in the 21st Century with eHealth
Although physicians are obviously critical to the delivery of healthcare in America, they do not represent the only method by which health conditions are managed. More often than not, especially in regards to the management of chronic diseases, it takes ongoing disease management to continue to make improvements in one’s health, or even just to maintain it. Support from family members, friends, partners, coworkers, and others may be included in this process.
Electronic health records (EHRs) have revolutionized the delivery of healthcare by making health information more portable and easier to share between various healthcare providers. As eHealth applications become increasingly available to both patients as well as healthcare providers, consumers have more opportunities to manage their own conditions than ever before. Of course, there are many concerns as to the use of these online and mobile healthcare applications. The major misgiving that clinicians tend to have with medical applications and websites is that users may not have enough health literacy to interpret the information they are receiving on their laptops, smartphones, tablets, or other devices. Despite these misgivings, there are doctors such as Dr. Wander who see the value in making such information easily available to the lay reader: “People don’t necessarily believe what’s on the Internet. They come with more thoughtful and educated questions . . . In general when people are more informed about their health, they can participate more in their care.”[i]
Amping Up Health Literacy with eHealth Applications and Websites
The underlying reason to be optimistic about the increasing use of both online and mobile healthcare applications and websites is based upon this same reasoning: the more patients know about their own health and healthcare, the more they will be engaged in their own treatment, leading to better and better outcomes. Healthcare consumers can benefit in a variety of ways from these eHealth applications:
- learn about their health conditions and the different treatment options available
- send questions to healthcare providers electronically
- set up reminders for both medication schedules and appointments
- receive lab results and interpretations via secure electronic transmissions
- schedule appointments with healthcare providers
Patients benefit not only from their personal use of eHealth applications, however. Increasingly, more medical organizations are using sophisticated technologies to exchange important ERHs among clinicians in a fully secure, HIPAA-compliant way. As more and more people wind up coordinating their care with multiple providers, including the increasing number of medical specialists, this ease of information sharing makes moving through the healthcare system easier than ever before.
DDA Medical has been developing a variety of online and mobile healthcare applications since its inception. Boasting a diverse staff with a broad skill set, including copywriters, animators, videographers, programmers, illustrators, graphic designers, IT specialists, and more, DDA Medical has the capabilities to get it done, no matter what the job. DDA Medical’s long experience working with clients in the healthcare industry ensures that they have what it takes to translate complex healthcare issues into easy-to-use, easy-to-understand eHealth applications, and with ultra-secure HIPAA-compliant servers, they have what it takes to support such applications with the privacy necessary to any health-related app. Contact DDA Medical today and find out how your organization can make the next breakthrough in eHealth technology.
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[i] LeFae, Bran. “Take Two Apps and Call Me in the Morning.” January/February 2013. The Body. Remedy Health Media. January 16, 2013. http://www.thebody.com/content/70292/take-two-apps-and-call-me-in-the-morning.html?getPage=1