IT-based networking has become an indispensable part of the health sector. Whether app or software – experts are sure – Digital Healthcare optimizes the quality and effectiveness of the procedures in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Each clinical process is today accompanied by information. Optimally, IT systems support the clinical processes by process and thus provide us situational of information which is needed at the right place at the right time.
Connected Systems in Clinics
Greater emphasis has been made on connected healthcare that provides the ability to seamlessly link patients, clinicians and patient care organizations. Connected systems are used to share data locally or remotely. Intelligent digital health systems can optimize both quality and effectiveness of the processes in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Through real-time patient monitoring, doctors can monitor the progress of the treatment of their patients more efficiently and make faster decisions. A patient’s life can therefore be saved in advance. An overview about telehealth systems and additional values for patients is available here.
Medical Apps in our everyday Life
But not only in clinical environment IT-systems are necessary – only the intelligent networking of personal health data with apps and online services offer the opportunity that IT can really be seamlessly integrated in everyday life: An app on the smartphone for example could inform people based on their individual blood sugar and cholesterol levels while shopping. Another app could recommend a car buyer with slipped disc problems the appropriate back-friendly car seat. The traditional roles of doctors and patients will change significantly due to new opportunities.
Is Data Privacy stopping Innovations?
Regarding the collection of these datas people are often concerned of their data privacy. Electronic patient records can save lives, if, for example, the attending physician in an emergency patient is informed about allergies or intolerances. Data privacy must prevent the misuse of sensitive information, but should not be a brake on innovative applications. The crucial factor is, rather, that patients maintain control of their data and can decide for themselves whom they grant Access.
What do you think – how could the future of our (digital) health care system look like? What new opportunities open up social networks, online services and mobile apps for prevention and treatment? And how can innovative solution for doctors, patients and family members actually been put into practice?