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As originally asked by Alice Thwaite.
Hi, I’m the Publisher responsible for The Times newspaper’s report on ‘The Future of Healthcare’ out on 26th June. I’m interested to hear from organisations who would like to partner on this project and to understand what is new in this industry. We are focusing on technologies – aspects including about mHealth, a connected healthcare system, future hospitals and developments in pharmaceuticals. All of these things should lead to a better healthcare industry at a lower cost. Get in touch if you would like some more information.
What is more, my friend and I have an idea. I’m not sure whether the product is already launched in the States or European countries. This equipments can be like a watch or mobile phone, which can test some body indexes of the aged people, one test in one cycle. You know, sometimes, the aged people who leaved alone, can’t call the doctor urgently, while the home test equipment can report to the server center.
One more, this equimpent can get satellite positioning function, most of the mobile phone can already, it’s not a problem. Some seniIe dementia patients can be found easily, and there will be alert at the server center, if they left their normal area.
Also, it would help to try and take a different slant than Apps alone. Don’t get me wrong, they certainly have an important role to play in the future of healthcare, but I have read somewhere that 80% of healthcare apps get deleted in 10 days. A lot of emphasis is on apps and these days because it is the low hanging fruit. However, people engagement is a crucial element here and new sensor technologies could be important for the long term success. There are many Sensors in Medicine type events, think tanks, focus groups with whom you could try speaking with.
Will be interested in reading the article.
Second place to get current thought and feedback is at companies such as Qualcomm which are gearing up for wireless health.
Third, a story illustrating M-health could come from the Public Health sector. Many ideas in M-health are in circulation. One idea might be self reporting and wireless notification of flu hot spots, thus preempting news from traditional media, and also stalling diffusion of the flu. One interesting application which comes to mind was published by Nature magazine which stated that a population of nomadic people in Nigeria has yet to be vaccinated against polio. If their movement could be better tracked (by mobile applications), then a system to more effectively distribute the vaccination could be employed.
Burrell (Bo) Clawson
That is why I think these types of devices used for monitoring and tracking are going to become an essential part of ACO/Physician interaction with insured members and patients in maintaining health at minimum cost.
63% of Physicians have adopted the use of mobile devices according to a summary of research noted here:
Burrell (Bo) Clawson
There are absolute wonders of science, pharmaceuticals, devices, surgery and imaging to deal with major medical problems. Those are applied after a major condition arises.
The trick for ACOs and patients is to get early home testing on track. The sooner you can get a person to realize they have an issue starting to affect their body in a bad way, the more chance you can stop it or eliminate it one way or another. Show a person his smoking, drinking, weight or lack of exercise over time has reduced his ability and health and you go a long way to affecting behavior.
We can do a lot of these things with our iPhones and sensors and log the results over time which can show deterioration that can inspire people to change. Home monitoring over time for many things can be quick and low cost and the results automatically tallied for review & transmission to your doctor easily (no appointment or travel time).
Naysayers will say “people won’t change” but the results of watching kids use iPads has irrevocably changed the way educators in the know are viewing how you excite kids to learn. Amir Dabirian, VP of IT at Cal. State Fullerton wrote an article in the OC Register today (www.OCregister.com) noting the excitement in learning with an iPad by 100% of 2nd graders who had never touched an iPad before, and these students would be called disadvantaged students. Some schools nearly doubled their proficiency in one year with iPads as a measure of the effect on people’s ability to accept new technology & learn.
This excitement has been seen in adults, too, who never really wanted to touch a computer much before they saw & used an iPad. I am not sure Steve Jobs could have anticipated the degree to which iPads have affected peoples lives. I think iPhones & iPads will affect healthcare like they are starting to affect school learning.
Burrell (Bo) Clawson
ACOs, Accountable Care Organizations, like Kaiser that have a heavy interest in seeing reduced patient health problems over the long term. I suspect ACOs are going to get to the point of requiring home testing and monitoring fore each patient in order for that patient to keep the lowest insurance costs. That is just my guess, but I see hints of it with ACOs pushing physicians to get their patients to comply with required tests.
To that end, one of my products is aimed at home testing for early detection of a wide range of conditions.
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