Why is the concept of connected medicine so important?
As an industry, health care is renowned for pioneering advanced treatments and technologies for treating diseases and caring for patients. Unfortunately, these innovations rarely fulfill their potential, hampered by a disconnected system relying upon outdated health care models, uncontrolled costs, complex technology, isolated computer and communications systems, and inefficient record keeping. Through the Center, global technology and health care leaders are collaborating to promote a new health care model—integrating cultural change, information technologies, EHRs/virtualized data and communications into a seamless environment that puts patients at the center of care.
How does connected medicine positively impact patients?
It connects key components of a connected medicine environment around the patient using HIT. Patients have better access to specialists, can leverage personal communication devices such as tablets and phones, be engaged with well-care, and have their data immediately available for providers in real time for medical decision making. Patients can see high quality outcomes, leverage analytics, and feel reassured they are receiving the best, most accessible care possible regardless of time, location or state of health.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is an approach to treating patients in their homes, at their local hospital or in a community center, while traveling, or within large hospitals. It uses a range of technology from sophisticated live telemedicine screens, to wireless tablets, to store-and forward technologies that move critical data such as pathology slides and radiology films between providers. Telemedicine now enables care at the home where patients with chronic diseases can be monitored, engaged, and carefully watched for acute or subtle changes that could drastically alter their care. Each type of telemedicine has a high degree of satisfaction among patients, their families and their health care providers, and fundamentally changes the way health care is delivered.
What technology supports connected medicine?
Proper and capable technology is paramount to advancing the concept of connected medicine. In order for emergency department personnel to be prepared for incoming patients, for example, they need Smartphones to relay emergency information and patient data. Telemedicine requires conferencing equipment and ability. Data cells must be built and housed in order to keep patient data instantly available and undoubtedly secure. Lastly, and arguably most importantly, all of these technologies need secure and appropriate bandwidth in order to be effective. Without proper bandwidth, these technologies remain disparate and disconnected.
How do the Center partners work together to advance the concept of connected medicine?
Center partners all have a vested interest in promoting a return to patient-centric care, and all are committed to collaboration and communication in the name of realizing the potential of a connected health care system. Partners often hold joint meetings with their clients in the Center so that health care organizations see exactly what type of collaboration is necessary in order to implement “connected” practices.