The Benefits of a Robust Digital Health Platform
The Food and Drug Administration has declared digital health technology beneficial in a variety of ways for consumers, providers, and organizations. (For the full article, visit the Center for Devices and Radiological Health entitled “What Is Digital Health?” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA).
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) cite evidence that digital health innovations empower patients by enhancing their awareness of their health.
By engaging with a digital health platform, participants access information about their own health with immediacy and convenience. This leads to positive health-related decisions, early diagnoses, adoption of preventive health measures, and effective management of chronic conditions. Having data along with appropriate professional support at their fingertips can be highly motivating, and as a result, individuals are often prompted to take control of their health and wellness.
Providers who utilize digital health platforms receive a more holistic view of patient health via access to data, which, in turn, creates real opportunities to improve medical outcomes. These technologies also have the capacity to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Patients may be less likely to miss appointments due to logistical challenges when they meet virtually. This leads to improved access to care, and ultimately, greater equity.
When organizations provide robust digital health platforms for their employees, they take proactive steps to fulfill their corporate social responsibility. In this day and age, a comprehensive suite of well-being programs is commonly considered part of an organization’s duty to its workforce. A strong digital health platform is a critical element of a company’s benefits package. These programs focus on health and wellness, and may comprise nutrition services, tobacco cessation, injury prevention, and mindfulness, as well as traditional medical and clinical services. Offering these programs to employees across several modalities—in person, virtually, digitally—can boost employee engagement, improve the population’s health and safety profile, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and limit turnover.
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