As a leader in the health care industry, you know that cancer patients need to be engaged and monitored throughout their care journey. While this is an essential aspect of the patient’s care protocol, there’s often a disconnect between when patients get discharged and when they return for their follow up appointments. Even though follow-ups are critical, the in-between time is what sets the standard for the rest of the patient’s care.
Cancer treatment and recovery is intensive, but what happens when a patient is too well to be in the hospital but too sick to be at home? If a patient doesn’t have a designated caregiver, he or she is essentially forced to navigate symptoms, concerns and complex administration tasks alone. Even if a patient does have a caregiver, that person is usually a family member with little to no health care experience. Patients should be focused on recovery, not dealing with the aftermath of their care.
The consequences of this approach are astronomical for both patients and providers. For starters, leaving cancer patients at home with no communication with clinicians gives them time to experience setbacks in their treatment. They might notice their medication is causing serious side effects, but they have no one to adjust their treatment plan. This forces patients to wait until their next follow-up, which is then spent fighting fires instead of getting better. At best, this approach leaves patients stagnant in their care. At worst, it hinders it completely.
While providers can’t exactly stay at home with patients and keep up-to-date in person, they can implement artificial intelligence (AI) to keep patients healthy in the interim. Through wearable biometric technology, patients can have their vitals monitored at home to ensure a healthy healing process. Additionally, patients can report their symptoms and side-effects and have their treatment altered in real time. By leveraging the capabilities of AI, the software can detect exactly which data points require a provider’s attention. AI can promote a symbiotic relationship for both patients and providers alike, and it’s time for health care organizations to consider it.
AI can take the stress out of patient engagement for your clinic, and we’d love to help make optimal treatment outcomes a practical reality. If your healthcare organization is interested in improving patient engagement, we’d love to hear from you and talk about how IMNA Solutions can help. Please contact us here.