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Why Digital Health Needs Standards And Health Informatics More Than Ever

Why Digital Health Needs Standards And Health Informatics More Than Ever

 As we deal with the inevitable rise in the number of locations in which our health information is stored, we must redouble our efforts in the fields of health informatics and standards.  It is only via these foundations that we will be able to share health information within and across organisational boundaries, confident that we have a common view of meaning (to the extent that is possible) that does everything to minimise the risks of harm caused by misunderstood or…

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Health Innovation at #WISH2016

Health Innovation at #WISH2016

This week I’m in Doha, Qatar, for the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2016.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to be part of the Lifeguard Health Networks team, presenting their solution as part of the Innovation Showcases. I’ve been to a lot of health conferences in my time, but I must say that I’m blown away by the calibre of delegates, the level of engagement and discussion, and the range of innovation that is on show.  From…

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Why Telehealth Won’t Make Healthcare Sustainable

Why Telehealth Won’t Make Healthcare Sustainable

Telehealth (i.e. video conferencing) does nothing to change the fundamentally flawed current architecture of healthcare.  In fact, it serves to reinforce the view that healthcare is about face-to-face appointments, albeit via video conferencing.  Telehealth does nothing to improve sustainability by allowing patients to interact with health information, but merely digitises an existing construct.   Underlying our largely broken health system lie a number of faulty assumptions.  Chief amongst these is the idea that healthcare only occurs when a patient meets face-to-face…

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Why We Need Deep Medication Adherence Information

Why We Need Deep Medication Adherence Information

It is important to remember that one of the key reasons for gathering medication adherence data is to facilitate a conversation with a health provider regarding the complex issues of side effects, burden and cost, as well as other behavioural, psychological and financial reasons why a patient may be struggling with medication compliance.  These reasons need to be captured, respected and discussed, in order for behavioural change to be enabled.   In the emerging market for digital health, there are many…

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Patient Reported Outcomes vs Consumer Health Device Data

Patient Reported Outcomes vs Consumer Health Device Data

… Through the work that I’ve been doing on gathering data from patients, it is becoming apparent that Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) data is often of significantly greater clinical value than consumer health device data.   When most people think of digital health, they immediately think of consumer health devices.  Fitbits.  Blood pressure monitors.  Heart rate monitors.  Wi-fi enabled scales.  All of the things that allow us to remotely monitor patient vital signs, either in the home or on the…

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New Models of Care, Not Just Mobile Health Apps

New Models of Care, Not Just Mobile Health Apps

In order to envisage a better (i.e. more transparent, safe, accessible, sustainable and efficient) health system than we have today, we must lift our vision above the siloed mobile health app as the building block of future improvement.  Seen correctly, mobile apps are the current delivery channel of choice for new, digitally-enabled models of care, but not the solution on their own.   If today’s vast pile of overwhelming, under-regulated, piecemeal mobile health apps is our vision for a future health system then something…

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