Tom Barber, Ph.D., took some time at HIMSS to talk about two emerging trends that have been a result of digital health solutions.
Digital health solutions are continuing to rise. Whether it’s wearable technology that allows wearers to monitor their heart rate and amount of sleep and send it to their physician, or mobile health applications that provide artificial intelligence-powered coaching, more and more people are taking their health into their own hands. And people are satisfied.
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These digital health platforms have the potential to change the landscape of healthcare even more, and Tom Barber, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at Lifeomic, a software company that leverages the cloud, machine learning and mobile devices to offer healthcare solutions, has seen two trends emerge with the rise of digital health.
With these platforms, more data are being collected. Consumers are using genetic tests to learn more about their genomic data. More clinical diagnostic tests are available that provide individuals with even more data and Barber suggests that we need a new place to handle such data outside of electronic health records.
And individuals want to be more involved in their healthcare.
Patients want to have their data and use digital health solutions to help them manage chronic diseases and have better outcomes. They also want to connect more with their physicians, and with the rise of virtual care and telehealth services, it is becoming easier for patients to engage with their doctors and have more of a say in the way they are treated.
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