On May 7th, MassTLC convened some of the best connected health technologists in the region. Our moderator for the session, Charlie Schick, Director of Big Data, Healthcare and Life Sciences at IBM, opened the discussion by identifying the common thread among the panelists – creating an interface to collect data from the patient, for the patient, to help themselves and their clinicians provide optimal care.
Providing a patient access enables self-managed care in a way where the patient (aka stakeholder) can see and experience firsthand: improved quality of life, lower costs, and improved overall outcomes.
Our panelists included Jonathon Dreyer, Director of Mobile Solutions Marketing, Nuance’s Healthcare Division; John Moore, New Media Medicine Group, MIT Media Lab; and Anne Pelz, Manager Product Management, PHT Corporation.
There was a good deal of discussion around how the panel members are able to get users to adopt their technologies. There was a general consensus that the time is now. With improved and accessible technologies available through our mobile devices, and the changes eminent in the healthcare system, patients need to engage in their own care to improve care and lower costs.
The tools available today to physician’s, such as Nuance’s mobile healthcare solution, enable a physician to use speech recognition tools to document and quickly retrieve information to reach through layers of information. This not only improves efficiency, but can drastically cut down on human error. Jon went on to talk about how the future of this technology will allow for the intelligence layer where the system can parse out meaning and a fluid dialogue can occur with the user and the device.
For Anne, PHT’s eDiaries have clinically proven results showing that patients’ results have improved greatly through monitoring their drug interactions on a mobile device. And as technologies improve and people become more savvy, there has been a significant increase in adoption. Check out her presentation for actual study results.
John Moore’s technology truly puts the power in the patients’ hands. Click here to see a video of John’s Collaborhythm technology. This system is focused on self-management for chronic disease, and has proven that with visualizations tools, a patient develops the ability to visually see and understand how they care for themselves and how it may directly correlate to the outcomes of their disease. Through gamification, Collaborhythm has a stickiness that users enjoy, the social aspect holds them accountable for their actions, and the ability to share their data, allows for a true communication between themselves and their clinician to take place.
Jonathon Dreyer from Nuance using a slide showing a picture drawn by a young girl depicting the "old-style" of care.
The panel wrapped up the discussion with them saying they felt innovations would and must continue to improve patient care and self-management. And due to the rapid collection of data to prove that solutions were clinically successful, regulatory bodies would not be a hindrance in this process. They also agreed privacy would not be a concern due to security precautions available through the improved technologies.