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By Stephanie Musal • January 4, 2018

5 Connected Health Resolutions and How to Achieve Each of Them

With the holiday season coming to a close, many are taking time for retrospection and reevaluating habits of their daily lives. New Year's resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make the changes we’ve said we would make tomorrow, next week, or perhaps even next year. While healthcare may not typically write a list of resolutions, HIMSS and HHS left us with an urgent call to action in 2017:

“While we’ve made much progress, and entire careers have been spent creating the HCIT building blocks and putting them in place, our work is not complete. HIMSS asserts that we must achieve secure, appropriate and ubiquitous data access and electronic exchange of health information. Now is the time for bold action.”

Like most resolutions, easier said than done. But like other important “change the way you think” resolutions, we believe these are worth committing to.

What follows is a list of the top 5 Connected Health Resolutions and advice on how you and your team can achieve each of them.

  1. Make Healthcare IT less siloed, more connected.
    • Today, we live in a hyper-connected society. Despite enormous investment in a diverse range of technology advances, it is ironic that healthcare remains in a largely disconnected state.  A Connected Health Cloud gives healthcare and life-science organizations the secure tunnels to connect and orchestrate data in critical systems that were once siloed. It supports agility, connectivity, and innovation for healthcare and life sciences in unprecedented ways. The Connected Health Cloud provides the most secure way for the healthcare ecosystem to move and analyze sensitive PHI data while protecting it from the chance of intrusion.
  2. Enable patients to be less passive, more engaged
    • Better patient engagement, which is enabled by Connected Disease Management, is critical when battling a chronic disease like cancer, diabetes or Multiple Sclerosis.There needs to be more options to enhance a patient’s self-manageability in a cooperative framework. Patient engagement is not just about building applications or wearing a fitbit. It’s about empowering individuals, their caregivers, and their families with access to the education and resources they need to make engagement a sustainable practice.
  3. Make caregivers less burdened, more empowered
    • Caregivers are a vital part to patient care. Coordination between patient, caregiver, and provider can directly impact the quality of care a patient is receiving. By improving access to education and resources through patient engagement, or making access to personal health records more convenient, we empower the caregiver with important information.
  4. Measure providers based less on activity, more based upon value
    • Why do we count how many times a doctor sees a patient instead of how efficiently they are able to identify problems or resolve health issues? With incentives from the Affordable Care Act to improve patient care, we have seen a shift in the healthcare market to that of value-based care. By making data more accessible, keeping patients more engaged, and empowering the caregiver, an organization improves the quality of care a patient receives.
  5. Shift clinical research to be less approval-focused, more patient-focused
    • Clinical trials have been run the same way for decades: handwritten forms, in person check-ups, and on-prem solutions that aren’t convenient for the patient.  The traditional clinical trial also leave researchers with data that is burdensome and inoperable.  However, this is quickly changing with the advent of digital clinical trial solutions that give researchers the convenience of the cloud, the reliability of an enterprise solution, and the security assurances that their research demands. In addition to making it convenient for the researcher, connected clinical trials make it that much more convenient for the patients. So convenient that Science 37 was able to run a clinical trial in a fully digital environment.  Interested in learning more on how to move your clinical trial to cloud? Sign up for CloudMine and Herolinx’s webinar ‘Crowd, Cloud, and Wowed’.

As we take time to reflect about changes we want to see in ourselves and in healthcare, it’s important to remember HIMSS and HHS’s call to action- Now is the time for bold action.

Forbes recently reiterated this, stating: “If we take a passive role out of fear that healthcare is too big, or too hard of a problem to solve, it will only continue to grow until it reaches a point where the effects are irreversible.”

If one thing is true about resolutions, especially the ones that involve big, hard problems, it’s that we are more successful when we work on them together. Have an idea? Let us help you kickstart your connected health initiatives. Share your solutions in the comments below.