The True Meaning of Health IT

Health IT is one of those phrases that is loosely defined and often poorly understood, even by professionals within the sector in which it applies. The various meanings that people attribute to health IT may exist because of how vague and encompassing the phrase is within the healthcare industry.

Regardless of the vagaries that have been applied to health IT, different companies are creating their own definition and providing value to consumers and partners within that general space.

The importance of the various functions and technologies that fall under the health IT umbrella cannot be overstated either. A recent survey of IT leaders found that 95 percent view health IT as a strategically critical tool to help with patient care and improved health outcomes, according to HIT Consultant. President Barack Obama even mentioned the importance healthcare IT both in terms of the overall industry and individual patient outcomes.

So, it’s increasingly important for each company to explain its role within health IT, as a defined goal serves as a value proposition to others within the industry and patients who experience its benefits.

Where Does Welkin Exist Within Health IT?

How, or where, exactly does Welkin Health fit into this health IT space? Such clarification is necessary, as the aforementioned confusion and vagueness that surround the health IT space leave many questions unanswered.

To answer this question, we should look at the main goals behind Welkin’s technology and services.

Welkin fits into the space by:

  • Offering tools that help to facilitate communication and better patient relationship management.
  • Providing actionable data to providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and device makers.
  • Reducing costs through the consolidation of communication and analytics into one platform.
  • Increasing the value of care coordination efforts.

 

What Impact Does Health IT Have?

Welkin’s healthcare technology not only bridges the gap between patients and physicians, but also helps to tear down some proverbial walls within organizations to lead to better patient communication. This facilitation of communication is necessary to deliver continuity of care and critical in reducing healthcare costs and limiting readmissions.

Also, the data that is collected from all of these patient interactions is finally incorporated into the treatment models of organizations, thanks to health IT. Welkin gathers this data into a centralized place, making it actionable for any member of the care team.

This research-driven approach differs from the past models, which lacked a consolidated communication and data inventory. Tracking patient data and progress is eased significantly, which will lead to better outcomes.

Welkin’s platform can be customized and configured so that organizations can better meet their needs and reduce costs. Instead of a one-size-fits-all platform, care coordinators and physicians can add and eliminate specific functions to better care for their patient population.

So, while health IT may not be a clearly defined area within the overall healthcare industry, Welkin’s role within the space is one that has a specific, yet constantly evolving impact on patients and providers.