September 26, 2014

Population Health - Wearable Healthcare Consolidating

Apple’s HealthBook and iWatch, and Samsung’s “Simi” and Simband” are great starts at aggregating  data from proprietary and 3rd party devices and apps into an easier to absorb presentation layer.  This is the first step in the natural evolution from single utility monitoring apps that haven’t really fared well in the market to bio-health service ecosystems that aggregate utility and offers greater value to the health-engaged consumer and more so the participatory patient.By presenting personal health data like diet, activity and weight with clinical measurements like blood pressure, oxygen saturation and other physiologic measures on dashboards, we will get a more compelling picture of our health which may lead to a greater personal engagement in optimizing it. 

This is just the beginning, when we combine this with the “lab on a chip” technology that proteomics is starting to promise  and the cloud we will have an ecosystem that will allow us to detect sooner the sentinel signs of bad health and avoid cataclysmic health events like heart attacks and cancer.

In a rudimentary form, we may see the ultimate goal - a fully integrated health ecosystem - where noninvasive monitoring, automated-charting and presentation dashboards will be seen on our wrists long before we see it in the hospital or doctor’s office. 

This bottom up approach from the empowered patient  may change the “siloed”  workflow in clinical healthcare and advance the “triple aim” of  improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs.

1 comment:

Aysah said...

Good things