There is little doubt virtual care is primed to change the healthcare industry. Digital technologies help us reimagine the traditional house call and expand the amount of data needed to make real-time healthcare decisions.
However, this concept is only the beginning of a patient’s needs. What happens after the physician hangs up the phone, or between visits, is as important as taking vitals during the appointment.
Current telehealth platforms rely on reactive, response-type solutions designed around emergencies where a harmful event has already occurred, and an immediate response is required. If a non-emergency event occurs, such as a resident not taking their medications or not eating, these platforms have limited availability and are generally not effective.
The CDC states that one in four older adults fall every year, and those who have fallen are twice as likely to fall again . And more than seven million of those falls required medical treatment or restricted activity for at least one day. As startling as those statistics are, they are only among the many risks confronted by patients and healthcare workers every day.