Telehealth as a Population Health Tool
As telehealth technologies advance, health systems are seeing their power to manage population health more proactively and cost-efficiently. With the geriatric population set to expand significantly over the next three decades, telehealth companies are developing video platforms, medication monitoring services and virtual assistants that should help keep elderly patients healthy in their homes longer. Providers of remote behavioral and mental health services are already offering virtual individual and group therapy to those who otherwise wouldn’t have access, and research has suggested that sessions with a chatbot can do a surprisingly good job of easing depression in young patients reluctant to speak to a therapist. Remote diagnosis is expected to become ever more feasible as artificial intelligence takes over some of the work of assessing symptoms. And the combination of analytics and monitoring via sensor technology like the Apple watch promises to head off trouble before it becomes critical. Hear how the latest tools can be used to manage populations and what you need to know to benefit.