According to a report from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and KLAS Research, wearable devices in healthcare have the potential to give patients more control over their own health. However, there are still challenges that need to be addressed before these devices can be widely adopted.
The survey revealed that health systems need to improve both security and connectivity in order for wearable devices to be more widely adopted. This suggests that the industry is moving towards better patient-centric care while also involving patients more in managing their own health.
Innovative healthcare organizations that have made significant progress in implementing wearable devices are now focusing on measuring the effectiveness of these patient engagement tools and making adjustments to ensure the best outcomes, according to the report. This highlights the growing importance of these devices in improving patient care and outcomes.
The report, authored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, KLAS Research, and market intelligence firm Digital Health Analytics, identifies the top uses for wireless technology as identified by 314 health IT executives surveyed. These executives represent the digital footprint of around 40% of hospitals in the United States. The most popular uses for wireless technology include telehealth for clinicians, wireless voice over internet protocol, video monitoring, cellular connectivity throughout premises, radio frequency identification/real-time location systems, telemetry over internet protocol, wander management/patient elopement/infant abduction, and patient wearables integrated with the EHR.