What’s one of the biggest health trends for 2019? Recognizing the home as the new care setting, says Prepared Health CEO Ashish Shah. Shah was part of a group of technology leaders included in Electronic Health Reporter’s Health IT Trends for 2019. Here’s what else he had to say:

Care is moving out of the hospital and into the home. We need to understand how to organize care this way because, when you do, it’s more affordable, more convenient, and it’s a better experience for the patient.

Think about a hospital room. It has instrumentation, equipment, a nurse call button, and healthcare professionals who are quickly able to triage in the room. None of that exists in the home. We’re starting to see telemedicine solutions and virtual care solutions that allow a nurse or doctor to virtually “see” a patient in their home. Insurance companies are beginning to reimburse patients for home devices to monitor blood pressure, weight and other clinical indicators.

Communication is another key. The next major step, and what Prepared Health is doing with our network, is to create a virtual experience for the entire healthcare team so they can communicate with each other–and help patients and families stay connected—even though they may not physically be under the same roof.


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