For example, take the Philips Care Orchestrator, which unites homecare providers, physicians, and payers with patients. It turns raw clinical data into actionable patient information and delivers it directly to care teams – via smart phone, tablet, or PC.
So there’s the tech, but how can we best use all of that information to make truly informed decisions?
The data decisions
In order for connected care to truly reach its potential and develop further, healthcare must break out of its silos. Instead of clinicians, healthcare organizations, insurers, and industry providers keeping the patient’s data in their own ecosystems, all of that information will be more useful if it was all collected, organized and access through one central system.
But would this work for all devices? For example, what does data collected from a toothbrush have to do with blood work? Maybe not too much at first glance, but there’s more and more evidence connecting oral health to overall health, and if these two sets of data are combined with information from other devices that are tracking other parts of the body, medical professionals can connect the dots and paint a more complete picture.
The solution may be a deceivingly familiar one – a cloud platform. However, this will need to be a specially designed network, built from the ground up to meet the unique needs of the medical industry. By building a regulated, secure and HIPAA compliant medical system, we can finally have a single infrastructure, fed by data through all connected devices, that has everything a medical professional needs, instantly wherever they are.
Every part of us gives an insight into our health. Our skin, mouths, blood, heartbeat, sleeping patterns – everything is connected. When we bring all this data together in a meaningful and actionable manner, we can proactively work together with our doctors and healthcare organizations to keep us healthy and decrease the possibility of ending up in the hospital.
There will come a day where the technology and associated data is so integrated to our health that we will be able to spot the signs of illness far in advance. This is how we will build the Internet of Health Things, and this is the future of our care.