Washington, DC– A recent report from Accenture reveals the economic and deep-rooted value of adding digital solutions to healthcare. Specifically, in order to benefit annual visits, ongoing patient management, and patient self-care.
Through the application of digital health solutions like biometric devices and virtual medical assistants, physicians could become more empowered to gather patient information and consider clinical options for that patient prior to the patient visit, ultimately making for a more efficient annual exam visit.
The report outlines that the US healthcare system and physicians could save an average of 5 minutes per patient seen through the addition of digital health tools. The timesaving equivalent to as many as 18% of the existing primary care physician workforce.
Digital health can also be used to help patients self-manage chronic conditions. In fact, Accenture found that when using virtual health solutions for diabetes care, the time that is freed up for other uses is equivalent to 11% of the primary care physicians
There’s a lot of capacity sitting in U.S. health systems that can be freed by applying digital-enabled productivity strategies,” said Kaveh Safavi M.D., J.D., global managing director of Accenture Health in an official statement. “This type of virtual health can boost the supply of primary care doctors – without adding or training professionals – at a time when there’s a projected shortage of 31,000 professionals expected in the next decade.”
Tools for digital health are shaping the way in which we interact with healthcare professionals and the quality of the care in which we receive. The rising levels of physician burnout mixed with patients becoming more involved in their own healthcare are allowing for digital health solutions to move to the forefront of our care.