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Doctors need assurance for digital health technologies to work

Jesse Ehrenfeld, the former chair of the board of trustees for the American Medical Association, talks about the evolution of digital health adoption at HIMSS21.

Doctors are having more interest in adopting better digital health technologies in the upcoming future. Jesse Ehrenfeld, the former chair of the board of trustees for AMA, explained it at HIMSS21. AMA has compared survey data based on digital health adoption. However, a small but significant increase is there in the preference of physicians regarding digital health. It can bring more advantages to their patients.

The survey has zeroed in on seven types of tools. It includes remote monitoring for better efficiency and management for enhanced care. Also, it includes tele visit, point of care and consumer’s access to data, clinical decision support, etc.

Again the use of digital tools in 2016 and 2019 has seen a rise across 7 categories. The average number of tools has increased in numbers. There is also a lot of overlap. It is slowly catching up, and some folks are lagging in terms of adoption. However, it is continuing to catch up.

Doctors are having more interest in monitoring their patients outside the hospital or clinic. While all the tools are seeing an inverse from the last three-year period, the remote care tools have seen the biggest jump. The remote care tools are also heightening their likelihood for those who want to adopt them in the coming future.

The survey results are showing that the number of physicians who have an interest in adopting augmented intelligence tools is high. Some of the biggest requirements were the EHR Integration, coverage for stand-alone practice, and the safety and efficacy of these tools.

While the digital adaptation has improved much, Ehrenfeld said that doctors still want to know some answers. Doctors want to know if it does work or not. Also, they are having concerns regarding the paying off and reliability of the implementations.

During the pandemic, digital tools have seen a massive uptick. It is not at all a short-lasting o0ne. Patients and doctors want to continue with virtual health and other tools. 68% of clinicians say that they have better motivation to increase telehealth. Also, there are a lot of possibilities for tools like augmented reality. It is about watching what the future will be like.