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When done properly, accountable care organizations (ACOs) can provide individuals with best-in-class healthcare while keeping down costs. And while not a new concept, with the Affordable Care Act, ACOs have increased in popularity, making healthcare care providers jointly accountable for the health of their patients and incentivizing the medical community to avoid unnecessary medical procedures.  But for ACOs to truly work – optimizing patient health with quality healthcare while reducing costs – providers and patients must seamlessly share real-time information.

In order to get there, from physicians to nurses, healthcare professionals need to take control of patient education and compliance through technology solutions that provide real-time analytics on patient engagement.  Only then can healthcare providers gain actionable, personalized insights to increase patient satisfaction, improve health outcomes, and perhaps, even prevent medical emergencies all together.

Unfortunately, today’s reality is that all too often, many patients receive medical attention too late.  This is further compounded by the fact that healthcare providers are inundated with basic lab reports and medical records, and patients are provided with multiple physician’s notes and medical pamphlets on what they should do.  And not only are these many pieces of papers easily lost or forgotten, but also, today’s antiquated systems lack automated triggers for patient behavior and follow up care.

However, if patients and physicians had access to real-time information, global healthcare could change in ways we never thought possible. For example, using the technologies of today and tomorrow, what if you could prevent someone from having a stroke or heart attack?  Or, imagine if a patient recently had heart surgery, and through real-time engagement analytics, that individual can receive a personalized action plan on diet and fitness? Or, what if a patient is scheduled for surgery, and knowing this, the physician can ensure that based on a patient’s past behavior and engagement levels, he or she is provided with the right, personalized information on how he or she can prepare before and what to do after for homecare.

Today, we aren’t there yet, but solutions like Ving are enabling healthcare providers to educate and better engage with their patients, who in turn, are empowered to make better medical decisions.  And the more educated a patient is, the healthier that patient will be.  With solutions like Ving, healthcare providers can seamlessly deliver targeted, on-demand content to patients, such as on what they need to know when discharged from the hospital and important healthcare reminders, make a follow up appointment or avoid certain types of behaviors.

Looking ahead, digital-based solutions that can provide personalized, actionable insights will change healthcare as we know it.  And in the future, as our devices collect more personalized data, they might even become smart enough to recognize a medical emergency, like a heart attack or stroke, and even prevent them all together.

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