What does the future hold for the healthcare industry?
Healthcare is changing and developing with each year passing. New technologies and innovations are being introduced within the industry, creating excitement among medical practitioners, researchers, and patients alike. Many opportunities lie ahead, and it is only the beginning phase of another era where most diseases we now deem incurable may become perfectly manageable.
When discussing the future of healthcare, however, a certain topic always seems to come up – namely, IT and innovations. The process of digitalization of healthcare means better connectivity between disparate medical practitioners and institutions, which results in improved healthcare outcomes in general. Patients are able to receive more personalized medical treatment as well as real-time monitoring of their symptoms and problems. The future of the healthcare industry will inevitably rely on cutting-edge technology and innovations, which can then be further developed and personalized for each medical sector and use case.
Jeroen Tas, Chief Executive of Connected Care & Health Informatics at Phillips, explains the current healthcare system is essentially a ‘sickcare system’ – one that we have designed as a way to look after already ill-fallen people. In other words, we get sick and then seek medical help. With further technology developments it can become possible to keep track of the population’s health non-stop with the help of various apps, monitoring devices, and innovations. If people know more about their health and how they can improve it, as well as have the opportunity to visually keep track of their health progression, this may stimulate them to follow a healthier track when faced with diet and lifestyle choices.
For the team at Phillips, the connection between the patient and the medical provider is of immense importance and more specifically when treating chronic patients. Streaming vital data for a patient with chronic illness is going to be the key to patient wellness. Jereon says ‘We’re essentially talking about a 24-hour connection between the patient and those monitoring them. Chronic patients have to live with the condition 24/7, so the care should reflect that.’
Various apps, for example, can help track those patients’ conditions and alert the medical providers in advance if irregularities or alerts are found. Immediate reaction to an issue can make a significant impact to the patient and care plan. Moreover, what Jeroen Tas envisions for the future of healthcare is that medical practitioners will have a better connection between themselves too – with the help of digital technologies and innovations they will be able to share patient’s health data to specialists immediately.
With the advancement of technology and data management within the healthcare industry and in-depth knowledge and understanding of a patients’ health, more exact and personalized medicine will become available to patients. According to Prof. Metin Avkiran, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, heart disease can then be managed more effectively and even prevented. The idea of personalized medication for patients can positively influence a lot of diseases and their management. Personalizing a patient’s cancer treatment, according to Prof. Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK’s Chief Clinician, will consist of more specific drugs which can then target tumors more effectively . Asthma and some lung cancers will be preventable due to the algorithms which will remotely monitor patient’s health on a real-time, continuous basis.
IT and data management will have a very strong impact on healthcare and only time will tell how far we can go with those developments. One thing is certain, though, the tremendous positive developments within the healthcare industry will become possible with the help of patient monitoring, advanced algorithms, and innovative systems to manage healthcare data. The future of healthcare lies in innovative data management and monitoring systems in conjunction with existing tools and terminology.
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HealthTerm handles all tasks related to terminologies, code systems and structured content – from creation of a new code system to translation of international code systems or mappings between local code lists and international standards.
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Orion is excited to announce our migration to HealthTerm. The flexibility combined with the high quality control of HealthTerm's tooling is by far the best the market offers today. We offer our customers a complete tooling package with everything from ease of use, maintenance of local code systems and mapping to a huge range of standard code systems based on international process standards with workflow control and process statistics. Additionally the software enables handling multi lingual processing on the fly, patient friendly and clinician friendly terms. Thousands of subset for customers to use in their applications come as standard e.g. for quality measure reporting (CQMs) and detailed support for semantic ontologies.
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IBM Watson Health is striving to transform global health by applying cognitive computing. Most healthcare data is unstructured and simply not captured by current systems. Watson Health will generate actionable insights from this previously unseen data, backed by HealthTerm’s standardization of clinical data. HealthTerm® will ensure consistent terminology usage by enabling the management of international standard terminologies with integrated versioning and cognitive auto-mapping, while also providing an “off the shelf”, multi-tenant/multi-lingual solution complete with a commercialized API and GUI.
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