In a world where we can spend 10 minutes online and pay a month’s worth of bills, buy a pair of shoes, and read the day’s headlines, why is the healthcare industry so far behind in its efforts to provide patients with a consistently efficient online experience?
Once again I have been thrust into daily data tracking, this time unwillingly thanks to a recent diagnosis of gestational diabetes. I now realize there’s more to making lifestyle changes than just data. It requires time and effort and planning.
What are health systems doing with purchasing information provided by patients? Some are placing it into a system that takes the data and assigns risk scores to patients. If your consumer activity points to unhealthy behaviors, you earn a higher risk score and perhaps a phone call from your physician or a nurse. Is this the right approach to encourage healthy behaviors? Jennifer Thew explores this classic encouragement vs punishment approach.
Google’s a la carte approach focuses more on personal daily workflow models and integrating everyday tasks into a common platform to help establish trends that can provide actionable insights. The GoogleFit SDK will allow data from user-chosen health, fitness and wellness devices to play nice with a variety of Android devices and platforms, curating all user data in one place, in one app, of the user’s choice.
For all our technological advances, getting a man to see his doctor is still a big challenge. Men are 24% less likely to go to the doctor than women. Two creative urologists are using an interest in future tech and cool cars to fuel a greater interest in men’s health. The pair recently completed the first “Drive for Men’s Health”, and plan to grow awareness by making the drive an annual event.
We’re nearing the point where we’ll be able to capture someone’s vital signs every minute of every day via Samsung, Apple, and many others. Will all this measurement save us from ourselves? With that in mind, on the heels of HealthDataPalooza, here are Leonard Kish’s wishes and a few predictions for the next phase of health care and health technology
We’re seeing a move from talking about the sustainability and interfacing challenges of HIE organizations to a new discussion focused on a one-to-one exchange of patient data between referring caregivers. One key element missing from the Direct Project story is a directory of providers’ Direct email addresses. How can a Direct message be sent if neither the sender nor the receiver knows the Direct email address? IHE USA has been hard at work on this project via the HPD Provider Directory Task Group.
Patient engagement is an important topic to discuss because it potentially leads to a future where everyone fully participates in their health care. For me, patient engagement is directly related to increasing health literacy, too. The more we engage, the more we learn. When this happens, we have the opportunity to live and lead a healthier life.
You may have heard of value-based medicine, but are we entering a new era of value-based medications or value-driven pharma?
Spreading risk and payment to different members of the health care value chain is beginning to make it apparent to more people and organizations that resources are finite. Patients and their physicians are starting to ask which treatments are worth the cost and have best likelihood of adherence.
It was apparent that health IT is really moving toward accountable, value-based care, which ultimately has its success rooted in better decisions by patients, physicians and caregivers. The interoperability must ultimately lead to delivering more transparent cost and quality data in context. To make effective decisions, and to effectively engage, we must understand all the factors influencing a person at a given time, we must understand contexts, and get key information placed into that context. That’s how we can put mHealth, interoperability and patient engagement into a framework that drives patient engagement.