Big challenges face our healthcare system, and change is needed. Here are five reasons why remote care should be part of the solution.

“We’re moving healthcare services from hospitals and doctor’s surgeries to patients’ homes,” says Lars Christian Dahle, CEO of Dignio.

Lars Christian Dahle

The healthcare system faces considerable challenges. Many hospitals are overcrowded, meaning patients are waiting up to several weeks to be seen, often longer for those requiring important surgery. Doctors and nurses are overworked, and the pressure on our healthcare system is only expected to grow with an aging population.

As the population gets older, chronic diseases become more prevalent. Currently, around 75 percent of the healthcare budget in Norway is spent on patients with chronic diseases, whilst in the US, it’s an estimated 90 percent. Healthcare budgets grow every year as they demand an increasingly larger proportion of public resources.

“This is not sustainable, and we need to change course. We believe patients will be readily prepared for this transition after Covid-19,” Dahle says.

Dignio believes remote care is the solution. There are significant benefits for patients and healthcare personnel alike. Dignio Connected Care allows healthcare personnel to better attend to their patients, deliver improved services and cut spending, without affecting their patients’ safety, wellbeing or flexibility in their day-to-day life.

Here are five benefits of remote care:

1. Patients feel more engaged

Remote care gives patients the power to take a more active role in their own care. Using the MyDignio app, they can report symptoms and side effects themselves. Their results are easily accessible, which offers real-time insights into their own health. When patients are more engaged and clearly informed, they are in a better position to improve their health on their own.

A good example would be a patient with diabetes. They may learn more about how their eating habits affect their blood sugar levels and how they’re feeling throughout the day. These insights can help them make important lifestyle changes.

“Our solution has encouraged patients to make beneficial changes to their lifestyle. They learn more about what causes their symptoms, and which actions to take to reduce any pain or discomfort,” Dahle says.

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2. More effective care

Remote care means that health data is also collected remotely. Healthcare personnel can analyse and respond to the information digitally rather than with traditional paper-based charts, at a faster rate and lower cost.

Patients can answer questionnaires and self-administer simple tests at home, without having to drive to the doctor’s office and spend time in waiting rooms. For healthcare personnel driving from home to home, a single test could take an hour to administer. Should patients take the tests themselves, however, only a minute is needed to read and interpret the results.

Healthcare professionals can safely follow up with large groups of patients with Dignio Prevent’s notification system. Specific symptoms and certain answers given in a questionnaire can be flagged with a notification, making it easy for clinicians to triage and prioritise their patients.

Overall communication is greatly improved with Dignio, which also means better access to skilled clinicians for patients. Dahle says: “If patients have queries about their medication or unusual symptoms, they will typically receive an answer the following day instead of waiting until their next appointment.”

3. More information means better quality care

Healthcare personnel have easy access to charts and patient history with remote care. They receive daily updates on how their patients are feeling and whether their illness is progressing. This provides them more accurate and up-to-date information than what is usually provided at an appointment.

Having a greater insight into a patient’s condition also makes it easier for healthcare personnel to carry out procedural check-ups.

In short, the healthcare system has more accessible information than ever before, meaning their personnel can focus on treating patient’s rather than gathering information about their condition.

4. More adaptive

Dignio Connected Care is an agile cloud-based system that can be easily adapted to meet any specific requirements. “We run system updates every month. For example, if there is a need to translate a questionnaire into more languages, this may take only a week or two before they are available in the system,” Dahle explains.

Dignio Connected Care can be used by different healthcare providers and can be customised to suit their needs as well as their patient’s. This also means the system is suitable for use with municipalities, hospitals and private operators alike.

5. Health information readily available

Dignio’s patient health information is stored in a safe and encrypted system, making it easily available to authorised healthcare professionals. General practitioners and specialists often use different patient databases, which often means specialists lack essential background information that’s widely available to your General Practitioner.

With Dignio, all relevant information is in one place, designed specifically to provide easy access for authorised personnel. With more accurate health information available, specialists are able to offer better, more accurate recommendations.

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Dignio Connected Care in six parts:

    1. Telemedicine: The platform comes with secure video and chat functions.
    2. Remote Patient Monitoring: The platform contains a wide range of measurements covering vital signs, blood glucose, weight, spirometry, hemoglobin, sleep, activity level, and NEWS2 score.
    3. Medication Compliance: Dignio offers medication dispensers for both manually loaded and multidose dispensers. This makes sure that patients take the right medicine at the right time.
    4. Self-reporting: Dignio offers clinically validated forms and questionnaires, and standard forms that are customisable to each patient. Data can also be exported for further analysis.
    5. Self-management: Dignio offers dynamic treatment plans that can be tailored to each patient’s condition. The plan is readily available for the patient to access via phone or tablet.
    6. Home Lab: A wide range of test equipment is integrated into the software. For example, tests like white blood cells (WBC – diff), C-Reactive Protein (CRP), GFR-Renal filtration rate and long time blood glucose (HbA1c).

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