In this blog, Graham Kramer compares being diagnosed with a long-term condition to suddenly having to live in the jungle - facing an unfamiliar landscape where you lack knowledge and understanding of what you might encounter.
Digital health revolution.... great technological developments! But raises a lot of questions, like how do we match this tech revolution to the challenges of dealing with paternalistic health systems? How do we integrate it?
Problem is that, right now, digital health can be effective for the 'already engaged', but what about the majority for whom a meaningful and sustainable engagement with their health is challenging because they lack the skills knowledge and confidence to engage in ways that make them feel good about their health - and are perhaps dependent on the paternalistic approach and prefer it?
How do we help people cross that chasm so they can benefit from this excellent technology?
Was it Rock Health who said that 80% of health apps are deleted within 10 days of download? Digital health will provide powerful tools in a box of tools for health systems. They can act as enablers, facilitators, perhaps even glue - but only if the context is right for the individual person/patient.
It seems that when we talk about digital health we sometimes forget to discuss the chasm - it's one that PR and marketing alone will not bridge.
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Dave says he still hasn’t seen a framework for patient engagement “that nails the issue from beginning to end". The year of care work done with diabates in the NHS has a lot to offer to answer that.
It's time for the patient medical record to get a refresh. We can do better than this.
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Great stuff here. Really support the Thomas Goetz work to get this stuff moving and improve the overall quality of information for patients. Without this we cannot help patients build their health literacy and confidence to manage their healthcare and make good choices in consultation with their healthcare professionals.
Innovation in healthcare delivery is no longer simply defined by the range of fixes that can be made from blockbuster drugs or even disease management, nor is it about the great technological advances...
I answered a survey on health literacy for the Patient Information Forum yesterday and in presenting my answers, found myself getting increasingly unsettled by the idea that a person can be defined as ‘health literate’ or to have ‘low levels of health literacy’.
What defines somebody as health literate.
Generally speaking, people normally do two things when they are worried about their health or get ill - go to the doctor and go onto Google. They might also discuss the issue with family or neighbours...
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, the federally funded, state-designated entity to support health information exchange across the state, has taken steps to support the secure sharing of behavioral health information.
Leana Wen, MD Emergency Medicine Harvard/Brigham & Women’s/Mass. General Hospital As an emergency physician and patient advocate, I meet more and more patients who are confused and frustrated because...
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Great post. It would be good to link these tips to the techniques patients could use in the many thousands of hours they spend self-managing outside of the consulting room.
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Alere’s purchase of Medapps prompts me to discuss a question posed to me daily, “What is the ROI of digital health technologies?” Discussants in the Digital Health Linkedin Group were surprised at the purchase price of ‘no greater than $22M’ for Medapps. The real issue of these technologies in my mind is not as much what the potential market is as what the ROI is. I am not going to apply economic theory or formulas in this post, as I have no formal training in economics. However, I will make this a qualitative discussion because it is a fundamental which is relevant to the adoption of such technologies, as well as furnishing some examples.
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