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Revolutionary Healthcare Emerges During COVID-19: What Does This Mean for Patients and Practitioners?

The spread of COVID-19 popularized the use of telemedicine and helped shape new policies for health care as we know it.  Telemedicine is the distribution of health-related services and information via telecommunication platforms. It is revolutionary because it allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, education, and much more.

In a time when everything seems to be going virtual, healthcare is no exception. Many practitioners worldwide adopted telemedicine platforms and swiftly signed patients onto plans. In fact, there was an 8729% increase in video visit utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the same period last year (Journal of Medical Internet Research). Now, many people prefer virtual visits when possible. Because of the seismic influx, practitioners soon realized that this was an overwhelming number of patients to manage at once. There became a need for a better solution, one that can diversely assist patients, and operate seamlessly. 

This is where Kayan Health comes in. Kayan Health continues to make leaps and bounds in the healthcare industry through the use of AI to help with symptom checking and triage, that integrates with wearable devices to bring vital data into a holistic patient profile, helping patients make sense of their vitals by continuously learning about their health and proactively monitoring them.

Kayan health is the long-term fit for patient and practitioner needs alike. Beyond COVID-19, the Kayan Health platform will provide substantial benefits including improved regulations, integration, patient experience, and specialty care. 

Currently, there are temporary Public Health Emergency (PHE) regulations in place. Telemedicine would allow these regulations to remain permanent (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), thus providing better care and higher efficiency for patients and practitioners.

Furthermore, now that practitioners know that telemedicine is a sustainable and effective way to monitor patients, they are able to take a closer look at EHR integrations with the platforms they use. These integrations are a secure way to exchange data, chart patients, handle those in virtual waiting rooms, conduct video consultations, and create a substantial reduction in errors through a platform that integrates with EHR. Overall, this integration will be able to provide high-quality healthcare for everyone using the platform.

As healthcare navigates through and beyond COVID-19, telemedicine becomes the clear answer for the future. Kayan Health meets practitioner needs by connecting to their patients on a private and secure platform that supports vital functions. The Kayan Health platform supports patients with pre-diagnosis of their health issues and guides them to the right specialist. It also monitors patients and notifies the doctor when something is out of the ordinary. It calls 911 if it deems it necessary, and streamlines communication between patient and doctor through chat and high-quality voice and video calls.

Moving forward, we can expect to see an increase in clinics nationwide adopting telehealth platforms. According to the American Medical Association, COVID-19 propelled patients and physicians to quickly implement virtual care, which could potentially account for $250 billion, or about 20%, of what Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers spend on outpatient, office, and home health visits. Research reveals that patient satisfaction with video visits is high. It is not a barrier toward a paradigm shift away from traditional in-person clinic visits.