In our latest Innovation Insight, we highlight the topic of e-health and various digital healthcare systems that will permanently change all of our lives in the coming years. Because when it comes to healthcare, we want:
- Better access to healthcare
- Less inefficiency in the healthcare system
- Improved quality of care
- Lower costs, and
- A personalized experience.
Well, this is where digital health systems come in. What is a digital health system? Digital health systems use information and communication technologies to manage disease and health risks and promote your overall well-being. In essence, it’s exactly what we’re looking for. It offers us a path to better healthcare, improved quality of care at a lower cost, and it does so in a personalized way.
In terms of categories in digital health such as mHealth, health IT, smart wearables, telehealth, telemedicine and personalized medicine, there is a lot of wiggle room. All these terms might be confusing. Let’s take a look at these technologies and how the innovation of using computing platforms, connectivity, software and sensors can help improve patient care.
We start with the term eHealth, also called eHealth, is sometimes referred to as health IT. eHealth is a health practice that is supported by the use of an electronic process. When you think about the manual processes that are used to facilitate healthcare, there are many. With eHealth, we can begin to transform these manual processes into electronic processes.
Let’s take the example of a hospital stay where you have to fill out a ton of forms before being admitted. Let’s assume that all of your records, such as your medical history, are stored in an electronic format that is easily accessible and readable through hospital systems. In this case, there is no need to fill out forms over and over again.
WHAT WOULD BE THE ADVANTAGE OF THESE ELECTRONIC PROCESSES?
The benefits are pretty simple, you will save time, have insight into your own health and it will reduce administrative overhead. Saving time is always important, your time and the time of the healthcare professional can be saved by using an online appointment scheduling system for example, and there will be less paperwork when using this system, which will reduce the administrative burden.
Having an insight into our own health should definitely be a priority for all of us. With eHealth systems, you can view information about your health and share that data with your healthcare providers. This brings us back to our first example, where we wanted to relieve you of the burden of constantly disclosing your medical history.
The next term on our list is mHealth, which is sometimes confused with eHealth. The main difference between the two terms is that eHealth covers a much broader area than mHealth. Where eHealth can be any electronic process, mHealth is limited to technology used on mobile devices.
In short, if you or a healthcare provider use mobile devices such as a cell phone or tablet to support or practice healthcare, you are making use of mHealth technology. mHealth is considered a subset of telehealth, which we discuss later in this article.
Innovations in this area include supporting medication adherence through targeted and timely health education. With statistics showing that between 30 and 50 percent of patients do not adhere to their doctor’s prescription, this could have a major impact on our entire healthcare system.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MHEALTH TECHNOLOGY?
The goal of mHealth technology is to improve the delivery of health information to researchers, practitioners and patients. mHealth basically wants to provide you with the right information at the right time. Using mHealth technology, you can log, keep and monitor your own health with full access to electronic health records, all on your personal mobile device.
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