August 2, 2016

How tech is transforming healthcare

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Tech is transforming healthcare as we know it. Talking Medicines are at the forefront of innovation in mHealth, bringing medicines to life.
Technology is transforming healthcare as we know it. Tim Usherwood, Professor of General University of Sydney, writes on the emergence of new technologies supporting primary medical care which will ‘radically alter how health care is both accessed and delivered.’
He recognises that the traditional 1-to-1 model of healthcare is becoming outmoded and ineffective given the growing pressures on healthcare systems, he acknowledges that the advent of the internet has created a new paradigm in healthcare provision.
But what does this mean for the quality and delivery of care at point of use?
Dr Usherwood notes the ever increasing rise of wearable, remote health trackers, from ‘Fitbit’ type trackers, to sophisticated remote monitors, ‘providing data for increasingly sophisticated assessment of the wearer’s current health status, and decision support for their care.’ and through which technologies ‘…offer point-of-care testing for use on site or at home.’
Advances in genomics, diagnosis specificity and accurate therapy are undoubtedly redefining ‘the basis of personalised medicine’ and he concludes that ‘Communications technology can also enable real-time monitoring of patients’ adherence to prescribed medical treatment’
In this new world ‘information technology’s ability to collapse time and space will increasingly alter how health care is accessed and delivered in the community, enabling the right care every time, and at the patient’s convenience.’
Talking Medicines provides an essential role in this new model for healthcare globally. By delivering accurate, approved information to patients directly from their prescribed medical packaging, we ensure both the quality of personalised digital support which patients receive, and empower healthcare consumers to make the right choices about their health condition and medication.
Dr Usherwood concludes:-
‘..implications for health service planning and policy… are profound. Key considerations will include enabling equity of access to the potential benefits of information technology and ensuring that this enhances rather than distracts from the human connection we all need when we feel ill or fearful about our health.
Talking Medicines vision is to improve patient outcomes by completing the story of detection and diagnosis, by leveraging prognostic outcomes through enhanced patient education and engagement with their medicines, and by becoming the trusted source for post prescription digital health.
Tim Usherwood is Professor of General Practice at the University of Sydney, read his full article here
Scott Crae, Director Talking Medicines

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