By Uwe Ziegel
For the last 20 years I have been banging my head against a magic world called “telemedicine”. And believe me I have tried everything, making devices with 56k modems, devices that would generate reports, that would send information, but I never quite found the solution that ubiquitous enough to be suitable for a generalized roll out.
Up until now, health information has been controlled by health professionals, which means that there was in fact very little implication from the patient in the management of his health. So the entire healthcare system has been all about managing diseases, and not about managing patients. However, it is generally the actions of the patient himself that have a direct implication on the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. The management of chronic diseases accounts for about 75% of the expenses of the entire healthcare budget, so it is imperative that the cost of this management be reduced if the healthcare system is to survive.
In the last 20 years, new technologies have appeared (such as blood pressure monitors and glucose meters) that make it easier to take signals from the body and to translate them into a comprehensible format. However, every time such a great new technology has appeared, it has not been very helpful for the people who suffer from chronic diseases as it only provided results and not data that was understandable by the patient. The technology was generally based on giving medical results, and not on explaining the diseases, so it was only for hospitals, doctors, or clinics, not giving the patient the opportunity to take responsibility for his health. Even the arrival of electronic health records has not helped the patient with the management of his pathologies. The medical community has been developing standards to share and synchronize data in real time; however, this is only one half of the equation. On the other side is the patient, who should be at the center of his healthcare data. Unfortunately this is not the case.
Recently, an entire generation of mobile Apps has arrived, where consumers are finally able to access great health and fitness apps using their mobile phones and tablets. These Apps are empowering patients to track their health and wellness. However, the arrival of these Apps has created a divided world, each with its own unique information, not shared. On one side is "official medical data" used by the doctor, on the other "useful consumer health & fitness data".
The case for an integrated iCloud healthcare system
On the one side, doctors are storing and using medical data to try and manage the pathologies of their patients. On the other hand patients are using more and more consumer Apps, to the point that it can become confusing and frustrating. After entering data into a nutrition tracker, and a sleep tracker, and an exercise tracker; it can be hard to keep tabs on everything. That is why we need a health cloud. The different pieces of your healthcare world should just connect when and how you tell them to: securely, easily, and elegantly.
The iHealth Discovery Cloud is a revolutionary, elegant and intuitive platform that connects all of the currently disconnected and scattered pieces of the health and fitness world, and that advises the user on his real time health status. It puts the patient at the center and in control of their healthcare world.
It's all about putting responsibility for their health in the patient's hands. With the iHealth Cloud, the user is able to what information he wants, manage the pathologies that concern him and then not only share his information with his doctor, but also learn from it.
I will share with you a new generation of healthcare devices that will revolutionize healthcare and will take connected health to a level where it is available for all people as a tool for better life management