Networked devices + connected people = healthier communities
(...) "Using networked devices and tapping into networks of people, Susan manages her own health
and the health of her family. Her healthcare team is comprised of her friends, her husband, her parents, her siblings, her pharmacists, her traditional healthcare providers, along with online “friends” from around the world. This broad team, coupled with more personalized data collected from mobile phones, wireless health devices, and ongoing information exchanges, will lead to better health for her and her family. Susan no longer has to rely upon the infrequent office visit to yield health information; instead, she can draw from a steady stream of useful and personally relevant data, some of which may trigger the need for an office visit." (...)
"The technological advancements in networked devices and personal health networks are enlarging
healthcare teams and changing way healthcare is delivered. Research and clinical studies by companies like Qualcomm and West Wireless Health, GE, and Intel, to name a few, are yielding new medical technologies in the areas of screening, monitoring, and RFID among others. These developments require substantial innovation, validation, and adoption of a standardized, security backbone that providers can trust with their patient’s data and that patients can trust to allow them consistent access to their medical histories.
With self-diagnostics, automated schedulers, and e-prescriptions, healthcare will become more
efficient for common maladies and will not entail hours of waiting and frustration. Retail clinics will offer flexible, cost effective, and immediate options when the family doctor is unavailable. Patient results and data will stream into a consolidated healthcare record that patients and healthcare providers can access and view from any location. And for people like Susan, this offers more efficient access to the information and services she needs as well as potential cost savings." (...)
CE: Futuristic outlook on the evolution of ICTs integrated into everyday activities to manage health. Unlike other 'personalistic' reports, this also draws on the potential increased connectivity, sense and wellbeing, and coordinated community actions that new technologies can nurture.
Via Marie Ennis-O'Connor, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek, Camilo Erazo, Mariano Fernandez S.