We have all of this patient generated data: now what?
More importantly: how do we make sense of it?
Wearables are transcending beyond just diehard health nuts and quantified selfers. Activity trackers are becoming ubiquitous and mainstream. However, where does that data go? What good, beyond motivation, does it do if the data is only accessible to the patient? More importantly, patients want their doctors to be able to view, access and treat based on the activity their devices are tracking. Unfortunately, that is not possible today, and most physicians are not interested in the data as it stands today. As the first and second generation of these devices becomes more and more robust the data is becoming more and more valuable to both the patient and his/her care team.
Many thought leaders talk about changing patient behaviors and how wearables can be a catalyst for that change. As these devices go from fad to widely adopted the need to connect the dots between patient technology and clinical technology is real. This connection between patients, EHRs and clinical teams can drive behavior change more rapidly than in the current model of creating data silo upon data silo, which is grinding actionable results from technology innovations to a halt. This is an opinion felt by physicians pushing the envelope and trying to bring patient generated data into clinical context. Namely Dr. Aenor Sawyer of UCSF who claims that outside software engineering firms, especially in the Bay Area, operate at the “metabolic rate of a mosquito, but inside the walls of the hospitals [the IT department] moves at the metabolic rate of an elephant.”
Currently the idea of integrating patient data into Health IT systems within the clinical environment is a challenge that only the most technically proficient health systems are willing to undertake due to the shear complexity that a project of this nature would entail. As the healthcare model shifts and becomes more and more consumer centric hospitals will need to adopt this approach just to keep pace with the competition. We feel that the technology breakthroughs to make this happen will come from the West Coast and we want to spark the narrative here in San Diego in order to galvanize the health and technology leaders in our community.
With that said, Achieve Health is hosting an event September 9th that features industry leaders and innovators who are dedicated to improving the delivery of medicine by leveraging cutting edge technologies and fully integrated digital platforms. Our panelists include:
- Dr. Robert Rowley is currently the Chief Medical Officer with Flow Health a mobile app that connects care teams with HIPAA compliant messaging. Previously, Dr. Rowley served as the CMO of PracticeFusion having created the underlying technology of a web based EHR in his own practice.
- Pratik Patel, M.D. COO of MD Revolution and manages their RevUp platform which is a digital population management tool. RevUp integrates a number a of digital devices and connects the patient with a personal care team to help drive healthy choices and improved results.
- Steven R. Steinhubl, M.D. is the Director of Digital Medicine at Scripps Translational Science Institute the research organization founded by Dr. Eric Topol to accelerate research to change medicine. Steinhubl oversees the research and strategies to move digital medicine forward.
The panel discussion will take a very tactical approach to the problems that the vast amounts of patient generated data present and the challenges that the integration of that data will create.