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The Patient of the Future



Physicians suggest. Patients ignore. Technology alone won't bring them together. But a new relationship just might.



4 comments on "The Patient of the Future"
Rebecca Roe (4/20/2012 at 10:23 AM)

I love the idea of connected services in relation to patient information, websites, all patient data in one location to be viewed at the same time. But I have a question when the computer service is down, when power surges interrupt the process etc, someone hacks the servers, what happens to the flow of the day? I'm always so afraid that we put all our eggs in one basket and then when things don't work perfectly then we become somewhat paralyzed. We all know how that works in our personal world, but what about as a patient? Do I cancel my appointment and wait for a better day?
Nancy Hughes (4/20/2012 at 9:22 AM)

I was not familiar with PAM until I read this article. It makes perfect sense. Patient-centered care is respect for the patient's personal needs, and the most effective care occurs when the patient's predicaments, rights, and preferences are taken into consideration.
Dan Stone (4/18/2012 at 6:09 PM)

Indeed a great read! Some thoughts for you to consider. Some background first... I provide technologies for home care agencies designed to improve the delivery of care for seniors at home. Our products detect wandering, provide remote vital sign monitoring and even help caregivers understand certain ADL's when a senior is home alone. If something abnormal is detected, an instant email or text is generated and sent to the network of care givers. These tools have proven to increase care plan adherence and patient interactions levels. The results are simple, fewer hospitalizations. I am perplexed however. I have found that home care agencies are resistant to leverage these products. They feel these products facilitate "rationed care" or potentially take away from billable hours at home. My favorite is "you can't replace care with a computer" Indeed that is not the case nor would we ever claim such a silly thing. My question is: How can we encourage professional home care agencies to leverage these devices as a part of their offering? Would you hire a home care agency to look care for you mother that used these tools to help deliver care? What are your thoughts? Feel free to reach out. Dan Stone- Assured Independence / dstone@assuredindependence.com
Roger Toothaker (4/18/2012 at 7:49 AM)

Excellent article, and brilliant view of the future. I hope this becomes reality, and soon. One facet not discussed is the wealth of information currently being generated by pharma and biotechs through the recent increased focus on model-based drug development. The push to develop drugs by identifying the right dose of the right drug for the right patient at the right time is providing an untapped potential that could be used for physician support and patient understanding. Maybe this information can be the "carrot" to help win physicians over to diagnosis supported by technological information.