The Emerging New Era in Health Care – Wearables

Recently I had access to a presentation about Health Care and Social Integration in the Digital Age, done by Dr. Chong Yoke, CEO of IHIS.

Firstly I want to thank Dr. Chong for sharing this sort of presentations, really inspiring stuff which I appreciate so much and it inspires me to write a new post like this one.

In the slide number 43 of its presentation, Dr. Chong establishes the5 P’s ruling the new era in healthcare, similar to Porter’s 5 Forces, I’d like to speak about Chong’s 5 p’s.

And what do 5 P’s stand for?

Preventive,  related to wearables and how they will prevent the disease from worsening health status of patients (specially the chronic ones).

Proactive, helping patients to decide what to do after receiving accurate information about it’s health status.

Pervasive,  possibility of prescription and application of non complex treatments without assisting to a hospital.

Predictive,   determining health evolution after monitoring patient status systematically.

Personalized, adjusted to the patients characteristics and needs.

Integration process IHIS

These concepts must be assumed as future realities that will be part of our daily health management.

Integrating these 5 P’s into the assistance processes is the next step, registering information related to the health status of the patients into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) from mHealth devices, joining a continuous care process between the primary care level and hospital.

Integration of services such as mental and physical ones (viewing patients as a whole, with physical injuries and emotional injuries as well). Helping physicians decisions using data driven processes, supported by dashboards, analytics… And back to mhealth tools to prevent, empowering patients to self management of their diseases, as well as keeping up with the care coordination between social and mental health after patient discharge.

Expanding the use of technology should help the system to achieve objectives such as:

  1. Improve Quality Care and Clinical Outcome
  2. Reduce complications for people with chronic conditions
  3. Enhance Patient safety
  4. Allow Telemedicine and Home-based Medical Care Starting as trials

Finally mention that if Dr. Chong Yoke is really getting implement everything explains in his presentation, first congratulate him on his work, and secondly ask him to allow us to visit IHIS to learn from their experience and try to apply it here in Spain.

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