Connected Health often refers to Technology-enabled care where the use of new technologies aims to enable patients to access Healthcare remotely, outside of traditional models of care delivery. In reality, it includes any system that allows Healthcare to be more patient-centric and patient participative. The rise in alternative payment methods for care delivery, coupled with the increasing difficulty of accessing Primary Care, has fueled the surge in Connected Care across the Health Care System. This type of care includes programs in Telehealth, remote care such as home visits, disease and lifestyle management, and new software to support patient connectivity. When I think of connected care, I recognize three different areas that can be impacted. These are remote care, selfcare, and monitoring of determinants of health.
Remote care is the most common, with programs focused on Telehealth and enhanced communication between providers and patients. This includes electronic visits; email and texting between patients, providers, and other members of the healthcare team; and traditional Telehealth programs that provide access in areas where care is lacking.