- Posted by Anne Finch
- On February 26, 2016
- Cognitive Health Tech
Part seven 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.”
In this short article – the last of Next IT Healthcare’s series devoted to our thoughts on Frost & Sullivan’s whitepaper on the role of cognitive technology in healthcare – we’ll take a quick look back over the series’ main insights.
In Success Factors in Moving Healthcare from Volume to Value, we discussed how, in order to meet the apparently contradictory goals of serving more patients while improving outcomes, help from cognitive technology will be necessary. Virtual health assistants – designed to be a daily presence in patients’ lives – can be used to help them overcome obstacles to adherence, provide education and vastly improve communication between providers and patients.
Five Mistakes to Avoid in Your Digital Health Strategy shined a light on the value of collecting unstructured data, the importance of complete integration, the tech-readiness of boomers, the lessons we can learn from successful apps, and why it’s smart to have a system that can be easily configured to suit the needs of each patient.
Healthcare is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, and the “Life with a VHA” video presented in IT and the Individual provided a look at how gracefully a virtual health assistant fits into a patient’s daily life when it’s customized to suit their needs.
Top Three Things to Look For in Digital Health Technologies: Not all solutions are created equal. Make sure the solution you choose improves outcomes, improves communication between all healthcare stakeholders, and provides the adherence boost that will improve the accuracy of your research.
Digital Health Infrastructure Essentials touches on the importance of building out an integrated system that ensures a seamless flow between data sources with a solution that can integrate flexibly and comply with security requirements.
Cognitive technologies hold tremendous value for helping healthcare professionals meet the industry’s new demands, and I hope that you’ve found the ideas in this series helpful in your search for the solution that’s right for you. If you haven’t read Frost & Sullivan’s insightful whitepaper, you can download it here. And if you’d like to talk about the digital health solutions offered by Next IT Healthcare, please get in touch.