BRONX, N.Y. (May 2020) — We’re in the midst of the era of digitalization. Everything is being digitized, from our social lives to our entertainment, and next up is our healthcare. Digitalization in healthcare can present itself in many forms – from wearable technology to online patient engagement tools – but what it means is less paper, more activity, and higher patient involvement with their own healthcare. These are just some of the benefits we could see from healthcare digitization and ones that will transform your patient experience. Medical building construction company, Simone Health, explains 4 ways going digital can improve the overall patient experience at your latest medical facility.
Telehealth and Convenience: Telehealth, which can encompass anything from a quick phone call about test results to video chatting your primary care provider, provides a technological outlet for patients to contact their doctors, no matter how far away they are. Telehealth is known to increase patient reach, while reducing traveling time for staff and doctors. It’s convenient and accessible to most patients, even remote ones, and is not cost-prohibitive for doctors or patients like travelling long distances can often be.
Wearable Devices and Safety: Wearable healthcare devices are booming in popularity right now. Even though they were first used by athletes, new advances in the medical world have proliferated the use of digital technology for monitoring chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Wearables give patients and doctors peace of mind, as they provide crucial health information consistently throughout the day. Wearables can even, at times, predict a pending medical event, warning the patient and their doctor in advance and potentially saving lives.
Patient Engagement and Information-Sharing: While historically some patients have been uninterested in their own healthcare outside of when they become ill, modern trends are seeing a shift towards consistent health awareness and prevention methods. With this growing trend comes a higher need demand for patient engagement systems. Some manifestations of the concepts include digital software or platforms that provide patients with access to health records and test results. Patient engagement systems make it easier for patients to become involved in their own healthcare, and make it even easier to book return visits.
Wayfinding and Facility Design: While many healthcare facilities already have static maps, and screens, few use them very effectively as anything other than information-sharing tools. However, digital screens can be even more effective, especially if combined with interactive wayfinding. Ensuring patients know how to get to where they’re going is a key piece of the patient experience, but one often left unsupported. Digitized wayfinding allows patients to interact with screen and maps across the medical facility in order to customize their walking path and get them to their destination in the most effective way possible.
Medical facilities of the future will incorporate technology in to patient’s healthcare regimes in large and small ways. Find out more about technological innovation and the path to digitization today.
About Simone Health Development Companies:
Simone Health Development Companies is a full-service real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition and development of office, retail, industrial and healthcare properties in the New York tristate area. Headquartered in the Bronx, the privately held company owns and manages more than 5 million square feet of property in the Bronx, Westchester County, Queens, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. The company’s portfolio includes more than 100 properties and ranges from multi-building office parks to retail and industrial space. The largest and most successful development from Simone Health is the 42-acre Hutchinson Metro Center office complex located directly off the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. The first two phases of the complex, which comprise nearly 750,000 square feet of Class A office and medical space, are fully leased. Two additional phases totaling 650,000 square feet (370,000-square-foot Metro Center Atrium and 280,000-square-foot Tower Two), are completed and fully leased.
SOURCE: Simone Health Development Companies
Joe Simone, President, Simone Development Companies