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Digital health may be garnering all the glory for its promise to transform health care, but take a closer look and you’ll find a promising next wave of health care investments.
With a proliferation of mobile apps and data being generated at a dizzying pace, few investments have yet to fulfill their financial promise. The real money will be made when companies build services around these applications, make the data actionable, and connect all this inbound patient data to the physical health care system.
Expect companies that find new, creative ways of connecting data to patients, determine what to do with the data when it’s generated, and figure out ways to creatively (and profitably) engage the health care system, to attract the attention of VCs and entrepreneurs alike. Here are three areas worth watching
Software Systems for Data Analysis
New Service Models for Patients
Everything that can be done digitally and virtually will be done digitally and virtually. This will dramatically improve access to and efficiency of the traditional health care system. Call centers will be staffed not just by the traditional nurse, but also by physicians, pharmacists and other professionals who can provide a higher level of care.
Mobile health applications represent the next stage of patient empowerment. 30 years ago, patients received information and procedures from their physicians, often without instruction. Now, the smartphone physical empowers patients to identify, understand, and manage their own health on a completely new level. This offers critical implications for the future of medicine:
1. Patient Engagement: It’s probable that the physical act of regularly checking blood pressure or measuring blood sugar levels can make a patient more conscious about their health. It’s also hopeful that such self-tracking can inspire self-education and positive behavior change. This is difficult to measure experimentally (have you ever noticed that the most avid quantified self-ers are the fittest and healthiest people?) but it offers reason to be optimistic about mHealth.
2. Remote Care: A critical challenge of hospital readmissions is that, once the patient walks out the door, it’s no easy endeavor to reconnect with them. If physicians could remotely monitor patients, it’s possible they could identify early signs of a complication and intervene. As a readmissions researcher, I’ve spoken with patients who waited for three weeks of not being able to eat before returning to the hospital 30 pounds lighter. The smartphone physical could have flagged that—and someday, it will.
3. The Doctor’s Role: This is the big question, and it’s a loaded one. How will physicians interpret and process the information overload that follows such complete self-quantification? How will electronic health records and/or personal health records adapt to meaningfully consolidate, analyze, and present all this data? How does the patient’s ability to self-educate, self-diagnose, and (perhaps eventually) self-treat change the purpose and significance of the doctor-patient relationship? At Millennial Medicine, Dr. Eric Topol presented these mHealth innovations and said, “With this, why would you want to go to the hospital?” Good question — Will patients still want, or need, to interact with their doctors?
These are ambitious goals, but with the advances I’ve seen in this video as well as other seminal achievements made in mHealth and digital medicine recently, I’m optimistic that they are all entirely doable. I’m also conscious of how often I’ve used the word “possible” in this reflection and how scarcely I’ve said “proven.” It simply speaks to the fact that we’re faced with inspiring technical capabilities that offer tremendous hope; the challenge now falls to tomorrow’s physicians and scholars to innovate, research, and troubleshoot to bring these ambitions to realization.
A landmark study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine demonstrates that a patient-centered exercise intervention administered by trained physical therapists can slow the physical deterioration of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Modern hip surgery is now so advanced that one can expect to walk immediately after. But there are some hip ailments too complex for standard surgical practices; 3D printing has swooped to the rescue once more.
The Mayo Clinic have released a film detailing patient, Brook Hayes who weighs just 70lbs has severe deformities affecting her hips which stops her from doing everyday things like walking up stairs. Unfortunately standard hip replacements would not work, however Dr. Christopher Beauchamp is now able to make a custom built replacement using 3D printing.
Does the wording imply that ehealth in general is not person-centred. Well. To elaborate these questions further, I need to make some assumption and define what I mean by person-centred care and eHealth.
Ehealth is according to Eysenbach et al (2001) ” an emerging field in the intersection of medical informatics, public health and business, referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies. In a broader sense, the term characterizes not only a technical development, but also a state-of-mind, a way of thinking, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve health care locally, regionally, and worldwide by using information and communication technology”.
EHealth is not a technical solutions per se, it is also a state of mind and attitude about how we want to communicate and in that sense it could be a good tool in providing support for PCC.
The core in my exposition is grounded on the definition of PCC found within GPCC. I have already discussed this in my previous blogs, and will for the matter of simplicity call it gPCC (Gothenburg person-centred care approach). The most central aspect in gPCC is the mutual acceptance that a person always is intradependent of the other person. At the core of the definition is the concept of partnership.
The juridical meaning of the word is that two persons reach an written or verbal agreement (contract) to perform certain commitments. Within the gPCC approach, this agreement would be manifested by a health and care plan that is agreed upon by all involved stakeholders. So partnership needs at least two people that agree upon a certain approach in order to reach a certain outcomes.
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In an experimental study, psychologist Victoria Shaffer compared the ratings patients give to physicians who didn’t ask for advice, physicians who asked another expert for advice, and physicians who used decision-making software for treatment advice.
“Patients had no problem with [physicians who seek] consulting advice from an expert,” Shaffer said. “It was really the use of the computerized decision aid that makes them most concerned.”
Proteus Digital Health has developed a pill that can text an alert when it enters a patient’s stomach.
The technology, widely tested and already available for over-the-counter sale in a pilot program in the UK is just one of several new developments in caregiving technology designed to prevent hospital readmissions and relieve family caregivers of the persistent worry: “Is Dad taking his meds?”
Seventy percent of doctors report that at least one patient is sharing some form of health measurement data with them, according to Manhattan Research’s annual “Taking the Pulse” online survey of 2,950 practicing physicians.
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