The Shift to Digital Health and the Era of Healthcare 3.0
Health systems in most countries clearly recognize the potential of digital health, yet e-health programs have delivered only modest returns in quality, efficiency or better patient outcomes. Ambitious e-health initiatives focus on providing actionable information to clinicians, but often struggle with the legacy systems that impede data integration. The solution is a digital services platform that holds healthcare data and optimizes data access, enabled with APIs and common IT services for identity, access and consent management. This digital health platform could serve as the basis for an ecosystem of digital-health services innovation by certified third parties and could be steered by the respective health systems. It could revolutionize health-service use and delivery, help health systems bend the cost curve, and usher in an era of contextualized information that could be called “Healthcare 3.0.”
The Healthcare Platform Revolution Has Arrived
The services and structure that constitute the next phase of healthcare are beginning to take shape, and it looks considerably different from the past. Regulatory reform, advances in technology and changing demographics are just a few of the factors driving healthcare toward a better future.
At the same time, the advent of wearables, smartphones, cloud computing and global connectivity has created a population of patients/consumers accustomed to mobile technology pervasive in other sectors of the economy, such as banking and retail. Increasingly, consumers wonder why health systems cannot provide similar service innovations. In that respect, digital health companies would appear to be well positioned, but so far they have been impeded by a lack of access to health data and uncertainty about how to distribute the economic benefits generated by e-health applications.
Healthcare IT is shifting toward integrating and exploiting the diverse health IT ecosystem, focusing on patient-centric information integration and communication, rather than on building new centralized and proprietary systems. This shift will require open data approaches to allow the friction-free flow of data, and cognitive analytics to use that data to inform decisions at the patient, organization and population levels. It’s now possible to define ecosystems of healthcare technologies and design healthcare IT platforms to capture data from disparate sources, providing a holistic and real-time view of patients’ health
Simply put, digital health is about using technology to enable the delivery of a better patient experience, with improved results, at a lower cost.
Download the complete position paper to learn:
- How regulation, technology and demographics are driving patient-centric healthcare
- Why healthcare organizations are adopting patient centric care systems
- How population health management improves the use of patient data
- How these systems are lowering costs, personalizing care and speeding innovation