Collecting and accessing patient-generated health data has become easier than ever. As more consumers elect to track their own health information, and devices like smartphones and smart watches become more and more ubiquitous, personalized health monitoring via innovative medical technologies are destined to shift today’s one-size-fits-all medicine to highly personalized solutions.
According to Dr. Eric Topol, Director of The Scripps Research Institute and author of “The Creative Destruction of Medicine,” patients will be engaged “to unprecedented levels” with their own data on the devices they own. When this data is properly handled and analyzed within the clinical setting, it serves to strengthen the partnership between patient and physician. Dr. Topol encourages the healthcare community to embrace this new era of immediate and highly-personalized data and to rethink the future of medicine.
Empowering people to engage with their own health data through a variety of digital tools, such as wearable monitors or online health assessments, can facilitate real-time feedback about the possible health effects of lifestyle changes, therapies, or medications. This feedback can also serve as positive reinforcement of current behaviors or as a medical call-to-action.
Whether hospitals are ready or not, technology is changing medicine by empowering physicians and patients alike. What are you doing to engage your community and get personalized patient data?
Dr. Eric Topol will present “Rebooting Medicine in a Digital Era” at the upcoming SHSMD Connections in San Diego on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Visit Medicom Health Interactive at booth #200 to register for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
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