BHH member HumanITcare is an Artificial Intelligence platform for telemonitoring patients, with the aim of achieving better and faster clinical decisions and preventing relapses and worsening of the disease.
One of the elements they consider irreplaceable in health monitoring is adherence. That is why HumanITcare has analysed which techniques can help patients to better adhere to their medical prescriptions, and therefore to have a better quality of life. They have created a practical guide aimed at health workers, but can also be read by those who have a special interest in the advice. In it, you can find relevant issues such as 5 key tips that have been shown to be useful in improving adherence, studies supporting the importance of good practice in adherence, the impact of implementing the routines for patients and the cost savings for the system and efficiency of health care work.
Achieving patient adherence during treatment is no easy task. It is estimated that 50% of chronic patients are not adherent to prescribed treatments. Moreover, non-adherence has been associated with a decrease in quality of life and life expectancy, so it is essential to take up the challenge. Among other results, different studies have shown that there are five indispensable factors that a doctor must take into account when they want to follow up a patient in a more accurate way.
The first factor is to follow a goal-oriented plan. A well-defined follow-up plan helps to establish a routine and create good habits for the patient to integrate into their daily life. Health monitoring is a process that requires a determined strategy and planning. When organising a treatment plan, the strategic axes and key actions must be clearly defined.
Secondly, to add customised questionnaires, knowing the weekly data on your routine will make your treatment more accurate, and the follow up will be more patient-centered.
The third one is to involve the patients’ in their reports. It is important that patients’ know their situation first-hand and feel informed in their state of health evolution.
Four, to follow up patients via video call. Thanks to their app, which holds a system of video calls, chat and visit planning through a calendar, they allow both the doctor and the patient to be connected remotely in order to improve the fluidity of the relationship during the treatment.
Lastly, the fifth factor is to share the results with the family. It is not only the patient who is important to the medical staff, but also to the patients’ family.
To conclude, HumanITcare is working to overcome lack of adherence by means of health tools, adapted to the digital era, which offer added value to both the patient and the doctor. Increasingly, these tools are leading the way towards a more preventive medicine, which allows early detection of anomalies and offers permanent quality monitoring to ensure peace of mind for patients and their families.
If you want to download this useful practical guide, click here.