With over 50% of Americans developing 2 or more chronic conditions by the year 2030, it is now more critical than ever for robust data acquisition from the patient’s home setting.
Traditional telehealth solutions just replicate “more of the same” inherent in the clinical setting. Over two-way video, clinicians ask patients for point-in-time readings or even manual data entry histories rather than using the precious time to proactively respond to patient needs. This approach often provides a distorted perspective that lacks contextual information and is not representative of a patient’s actual state. The phenomenon of “white coat hypertension” is a well known example of this.
Virtual care provides a more transformative path forward. By integrating continuous and trusted data from the home, clinicians can gain access to crucial biomarkers and functional markers; both of which can inform the patient’s health status course of treatment. By focusing on passivity of data collection, clinicians have the ability to make inroads to solving one of the most bedevilling issues in virtual care: patient compliance and adherence. And most importantly, since data from the home setting can now be acquired relatively inexpensively, this approach will open opportunities for care regardless a patient’s means or ability with technology.