The Advantages of MSK Digital Health
Using MSK digital health software, patients can reduce their anxiety and depression. It makes therapy more efficient and innovative for both patients and providers.
Reduces anxiety and depression
MSK digital health uses technologies to provide clinically validated care that addresses physical and mental health needs. These solutions may increase treatment adherence, reduce healthcare use, and help ensure care continuity.
Digital musculoskeletal care programs have been shown to improve anxiety and depression scores. They can also increase pain reduction and reduce healthcare use. It builds on previous studies to determine the effect of a completely remote, multimodal digital care program on pain, mental health, and productivity. It provides members with personalized exercise therapy plans, expert second opinions, and lifestyle support.
Even though MSK conditions are among the most common medical conditions, access to physical therapy is often limited. This is especially true in rural communities where travel can take time, money, and energy. Fortunately, technology is paving the way for better access to care and helping to drive better health outcomes. There are many ways that digital health companies are helping to address these barriers.
Similarly, digital MSK providers offer clinically validated, all-in-one applications that integrate electronic medical records and sensor technologies. These companies can offer patients an all-in-one solution for care, and they’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the last year.
Reduce overall medical costs
Digital health technologies have evolved a lot over the last couple of years. However, virtual health has many barriers, and the future of care is still in its infancy. While these technologies can help address musculoskeletal conditions, many employees still need access to digital health solutions.
Virtual MSK/PT solutions can reduce overall medical costs, help reduce employee pain, and improve long-term health outcomes. These types of solutions can also improve employee productivity and well-being.
As a health plan or employer, you should consider offering your employees virtual MSK/PT solutions. However, this can be a complicated decision, as there are many options to choose from. You’ll want to ensure that your offerings are clinically effective and are offered through reputable vendors.
More innovative and efficient for the patient and the provider
Physiotherapists are often challenged with measuring the changes in daily functioning that occur during physical therapy. Digital health technologies such as wearable motion sensors and apps provide a means for patients and practitioners to track daily functions better and improve health.
These technologies have the potential to improve patient engagement significantly. The use of continuous monitoring systems could also improve patient autonomy. Physiotherapists and healthcare providers can use wearable motion sensors to assess daily activities such as walking, sitting, and bending.
Digital health activity trackers are also used to improve medication adherence. Data can also be used to monitor stress, diet, and sleep. These tools could help MSK patients better manage their conditions. Sensors are also used to measure compliance with exercise or skills practice instructions. Physiotherapists could use this information to help MSK patients improve their health. Another way to measure changes in physical activity is with a skin-mounted sticker. These stickers can collect sweat to assess chloride concentrations. Cystic fibrosis patients could also use them to assess their long-term health.