Patient Engagement is a broad area in which solutions providers can use technology to helps address concerns in many areas of health care.
In acute care settings, it is defined by the use of hardware and furniture technologies to help providers directly and efficiently engage with patients in the care setting. Mount technology, workstations on wheels (WoWs), and the ability to cast from tablets and PCs wirelessly (WiDi). These solutions incorporate new technologies for charging and battery life as well as cable management and security solutions utilizing thin clients. Finally, engaging patients with solutions that are infection-resistant or with devices that can be easily disinfected is key in this area.
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Patient engagement also refers to technologies directed at helping individuals monitor and engage with their medical records and their providers. Capturing data that reflects an individual’s lifestyle and its effects on their health will be a key point of engagement in the coming years. Providers and payers continue to develop platforms to meaningfully engage their patients. For payers and providers, patient retention and engagement is critical in terms of cost modeling and driving down re-admissions past acute care. Cloud platforms, wearable technology, security, and software are critical to this space.