- Posted by Mike Wiseman
- On February 18, 2016
- Cognitive Health Tech
Part six of Next IT Healthcare’s commentary on Frost & Sullivan’s recent whitepaper, “Engaging Individuals with Cognitive Technology to Improve Health Outcomes: Cognitive Solutions Driving Personalized Interactions.”
Implementing a successfully integrated digital health strategy means ensuring a seamless connection between a wide variety of disparate systems – bringing information together to deliver the right patient support, at the right time.
More specifically, it means creating a connection between data sources – like medical-device output and patient-reported information, resources such as educational videos and articles, instructions from the provider, related administrative data, EHRs, fitness tracking wearables and more.
The goal? To provide a one-stop shop for success, where the patient can take advantage of a wide variety of tools and services designed to make it easier for them to stay healthy.
When thinking about integration, here are two major considerations:
The variety of resources being developed for patient support is on the rise, and it will be essential that your digital health platform is flexible enough to support continued integration.
Although the current rules (HIPAA, PHI, etc.) do not prohibit applications’ functionality, they are a source of concern for any healthcare entity. The rules are flexible enough that, given the proper procedures are in place, almost any function can be performed.
However, aspects of cloud based solutions are not “comfortable” yet. Even the act of talking to your device is raising concerns about where that utterance is being sent, how the data is encrypted, where it is being kept, etc.
Word to the wise: choose a technology creator that has experience navigating the hurdles associated with creating a clinically useful digital health system.