Technology and the Future of Chronic Care

May 24, 2010

Accenture has published a report on “Connected How Technology Will Transform the Future of Chronic Care.” From the Accenture Innovation Center for Health, a good source for research white papers. The paper reports that “a broad range of consumer health electronics at home, a two-way, direct-to-consumer infrastructure” and smart devices which set the stage for health care connectivity. Analytics and predictive modeling provide a second layer and visualization, decision support and collaboration provide the third. Connect health examples include the HealthVault and Cleveland Clinic home monitoring pilot and a remote monitoring trial by the VA system.

There is no doubt that the convergence of technologies have the potential for revolutionizing chronic care, however, we must go past the pilot stage and initial startups to broader change. Partnerships between consumer electronics, startups, providers and insurers need to come together with government support. Perhaps after the first wave of meaningful use EHRs, this new level of innovation can flourish.

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2 Responses to “Technology and the Future of Chronic Care”

  1. When it comes to meaningful use, devices have not been given enough credentials for sure and get ignored at some points.

    You may want to look at my campaign for the FDA/drug/device companies to come together here with information on recalls and it will save lives. Not only that, but it is an ingenious way to get participation from both patients and MDs as well. I post on so many devices out there as it is a focus of my blog, like the blue tooth inhaler for one. links on MSDN and Microsoft Gov with a lot of interest being generated here.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/tag/

    http://blogs.msdn.com/bright_side_of_government/archive/2010/05/20/do-microsoft-tags-belong-in-healthcare.aspx

    One more at my blog with some examples, this has been an ongoing campaign now for about 6 months or so:)

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2010/05/microsoft-tags-in-healthcare-comments.html

    Also I have a section on PHRs, which primarily covered HealthVault and Google Health with a lot of “how to’s” included and have some featured interviews with Quest and Microsoft executives on the interview section.

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/search/label/Personal%20Health%20Records

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/search/label/Interview

    Have on more in the tumbler soon with another Microsoft Healthcare executive to be posted soon.

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