The true digital disrupters in healthcare know that getting ahead is not just about technology. It’s about delivering results. Welcome to the Outcome Economy.
New intelligence, in hardware and a lot of other things, is bridging the last mile between the digital enterprise and the physical world. It’s tearing down the walls of hospitals, doctors’ offices and payers, and making them accessible with a click, tap or scroll. Highly connected hardware components are helping payers and providers give consumers what they want: better outcomes with greater convenience.The Internet of Things is unearthing new opportunities to embed hardware and sensors in everyday objects. Connected hardware is becoming a platform for patient engagement and clinical collaboration, and it's improving access and ease for healthcare consumers.
In high-tech operating rooms, a computer tracks if the right patient, staff, tools and devices needed for the scheduled procedure are all in the room. If anything is missing, it sends an alert to the right person. Wearables are tracking and providing customised feedback on your physical health, diet and even your mood in real time—no matter where you are. Telemedicine and remote monitoring tools such as scales, blood pressure cuffs, glucometers and motion sensors are enabling people to age longer in their homes.
On your way to the hospital, your phone will direct you to the most convenient open parking spot at the facility. Wearing a band sent to you before your appointment, you will bypass the lengthy, paperwork-laden check-in process. An app on your phone will guide you, turn by turn, to the appropriate room. You will be notified of the nurse who will see you (including her bio), the wait time and exactly what she will be doing during your visit.
New wearables and “hearables”—headphones or earpieces that track information and respond via voice—will become mainstream. Real-time monitoring of physical and mental health, home environment, activity and interactions with others will change the face of aging and population health management.
Proteus Digital Health
This emphasis on outcomes is also seen in the pharmaceuticals sector, where Proteus Digital Health is focused on improving patient outcomes as a new way to create value in that industry.
The digital health company integrates a tiny, inert sensor in the pills it produces; the sensor acts in concert with a wearable device and mobile app to provide full “adherence transparency” for patients, healthcare providers and payers. Not only can the Proteus hardware-based system determine when patients take their medications, but it also can send alerts and reminders to the individual if they forget to take a pill.
With this approach, Proteus can help patients increase the effectiveness of their treatment, demonstrate cost savings over traditional methods of care and drive better overall outcomes for patients, payers and providers—the proverbial “win-win-win” situation.
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