Smartphones and Tablets Are Powering Healthier Patients

Hospitals in North Carolina are reducing readmissions and using everyday technology to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Once considered luxury items, smartphones and tablets are now everywhere. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of adults with a smartphone grew from just 35% in 2011 to 64% in 2015. Over the same time period, the number of adults who own a tablet grew from 10% to 45%.

As these devices have grown in popularity, so has our access to tools and information we can use to better ourselves and stay healthy. Many hospitals are taking advantage of this rise, and are using personal electronic devices to better provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas has pioneered one of these programs, and it's leading to incredible results.

Through a partnership with Health Recovery Solutions, FirstHealth of the Carolinas has transformed their telehealth monitoring systems. At the heart of the program are disease-specific tablets provided to patients when they are discharged -- customized with medication specifics, diet requirements, and care plans.

But that's not all. Wireless bluetooth devices can track activities and health statistics. The tablets are preloaded with educational videos, and required daily quizzes and surveys. They also have video chat enabled, which allows for real-time risk assessments and health reviews.

Empowering patients and their caregivers with more information and better at-home monitoring tools has reduced readmission rates by 19%. When patients get to stay home and live better, healthier lives after a hospital visit, everybody wins.

Learn more about the FirstHealth of the Carolinas partnership with Health Recovery Solutions here.