The digitalization of the health care system is bringing a real industrial revolution and a fundamental upheaval with enormous opportunities. The eHealth sector has only just begun to take shape and is already changing entire business areas, creating new professions and challenges. Find out how Smart Healthcare is changing our lives at cityofmayfield.org.
An important goal of digitalization in the healthcare sector is the comprehensive implementation of modern IT tools that accelerate processes in doctors’ practices and hospitals and drive the development of medical technology. In addition, a new standard of medical care through the digitalization of health information is also an overriding goal.
Electronic patient files, imaging examination methods, tablet PCs, telemedicine and much more are bringing the healthcare system into a new digital age. The increasing use of digital and mobile devices in all age groups is driving the development of Smart Healthcare. Paperless processes significantly reduce costs in healthcare organizations and improve targeted and rapid care.
COMMON STANDARDS AND OPTIMAL USABILITY
To ensure intelligent networking of different IT systems from pharmacies, doctors’ practices, health insurance companies and hospitals, information from a wide variety of sources must be linked together. In particular, international cooperation and compliance with standards is an important hurdle that needs to be overcome.
When planning and implementing innovative telemedical products and methods, usability, i.e. the user-friendly use of the tools, must also be ensured. User interfaces must be integrated in such a way that even IT beginners can use and understand them well. Data security and patient rights naturally have top priority in the digitization process.
THE ADVANTAGES ARE OBVIOUS
The opportunities and potentials of a digitalized healthcare system are obvious: Smart data processing and analysis can be used to circumvent a treatment error with the help of precise patient information on intake and dosage, for example in the case of frequent drug interactions. The development of eHealth and the associated new treatment concepts and devices will benefit the broad masses directly and in a timely manner.
QUANTIFIED SELF AND WEARABLES
The future of Wearables from TWT Interactive
As many as 57 percents of German recreational athletes already use their smartphone in conjunction with a fitness app during sports. Quantified Self-Movement has been spreading rapidly for several years. Wearables and other self-tracking devices are a decisive driving force behind this development. Confessing self-trackers measure their blood pressure, weight, sleep rhythm, blood sugar level or heart rate every day. You can share the data with other self-trackers via the app or online portal. Diabetes or heart disease could be detected and treated earlier.
Quantified Self can be divided into three segments:
- Disease-related monitoring systems for the chronically ill
- health-oriented training systems
- intelligent emergency systems
FROM CONNECTED DEVICE TO CONNECTED BODY
Wearables are an important part of the Internet of Things movement and make the technology tangible for us. Some inspection visits may replace smart wearables in the near future. Wearables can also be real helpers in medical studies. Data collections and individual fitness or health analyses provide an ideal basis for medical research. But wearables can influence medicine not only in theory but also in practice. Prepare yourself for the eHealth revolution and rely on apps, interfaces and value-added technology.
There are also brand new developments from Google X, the innovation forge of Google: The research laboratory works on the synthetic production of human skin. With this, Google wants to develop a bracelet that can detect diseases at an early stage. With the help of the artificial skin, the wearable is intended to detect cancer and impending heart attacks at an early stage and sound the alarm. In order to be able to test the bracelet and the technology behind it is the most realistic environment possible, artificial arms are covered with a combination of synthetic human skin and donor skin from real people.
3DOCTOR IN A BOX
With Doctor in a Box, you get the digital doctor in your own four walls. All you need is a diagnostic kit that allows patients to visit a doctor in their own four walls. The kit consists of two parts. Part 1 is a smart stethoscope, which is able to listen to the heart and lungs or peer into the patient’s ear. The stethoscope works with fiber-optic light and projects high-definition images onto the surface of the skin.
Part 2 consists of a teleconferencing camera that the user attaches to his own bathroom mirror, for example. The camera can be used as a video chat with your doctor as well as recording the patient’s movements, temperature and heart rate. Thanks to an integrated projector, images of the recordings are projected onto the mirror.
Apple Health is a service app that collects all digital health-related data about the user. The application serves as an interface between several different applications. Apple Health is also compatible with third-party software through the HealthKit standard, so data from various sources can be collected and managed in a clear manner. Health is a central component of the iOS 8 operating system that bundles all health-related issues.
With the app, data for all vital functions such as pulse, blood pressure, calorie consumption or values such as blood sugar or cholesterol levels can be summarised and analyzed. The digital patient card is a helpful feature that is unique to date. In an emergency, rescue workers can access the vital data from the lock screen. This provides first responders and doctors with important information and can prevent allergic reactions and find out about previous illnesses and contact details of the family doctor.
According to experts, the market for digital medicine will amount to 200 billion dollars by 2020. eHealth tools and digitalized processes will change the relationship between doctor and patient even more in the future. Do you too want to take your business model to the next level and integrate smart healthcare functions or apps? Contact us and together we will develop an individual concept.