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As originally asked by Carl Mayer
I wonder aloud if the industry’s words are matched by our actions. I read a lot about how big data is going to change our businesses and improve patient outcomes, but I’m not seeing much of it in practice so far.
For example, if you could get real-time data out of your already field-deployed medical devices, how would you use it? Think expansively. Would it actually contribute to better patient outcomes? A better understanding of how your products are used? More sales for you?
Do you have an infrastructure to use the data effectively? Would you build that capability?
I’m genuinely interested to know.
For example, the startup I work at develops smart surgical tools that provide real-time intraoperative measurements during orthopedic surgery. This information is valuable in helping surgeons quantify data that assists with clinical judgements that they would previously have to eyeball with some uncertainty. Real-time data can also be used to evaluate and assess how well products are performing and being used in the field which can improve troubleshooting and user experience. When diagnosing complaints or other performance issues for our product having access to real-time data from the deployed device helps us in making informed decisions and narrows the scope. The opportunity exists, I think a key question is do we know how to leverage that information effectively?
Does anyone have any insight on the evolution of tools that help to use/process the raw data into something an end user finds useful? For instance, sensors (GPS, SpO2, HR, etc.) produce the data and send it to the Cloud, but most don’t want raw data…they are looking for trending or some post-processed result. Do you see tools for making this easy or is it still a do-it-from-scratch every operation?
Jennifer Papastephanou, MS, RDN, CDE
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