Connected health is the concept of providing patient centric care by maximizing healthcare resources. It provides increased, flexible opportunities for patients to engage with clinicians and better self-manage their care. Connected health puts the patient at the centre of the healthcare system gathering, linking and interpreting information from many different sources to enable informed, patient-centred care decisions. It has the potential to transform healthcare delivery and address many care coordination challenges faced worldwide.
Connected health utilizes many technologies that facilitate remote, mobile, and site-to-site medical care. It includes tools such as Telemedicine, eHealth, connected devices, mHealth, remote care, and assisted living. It consolidates information from many different spheres of one person's world to give a more complete picture of their health. This includes biological, genetic, medical, lifestyle and sentiment/mood data. Connected health allows the clinician to make decisions in a context, to communicate better with patients and to aggregate data to inform practice/system-level decisions. It creates an environment where patients are treated in the best location, by the best person, using the most relevant and efficient methods. It cuts down on waste and reduces system costs while maintaining or improving patient quality of life. Connected health solutions allow societies to maintain personalised healthcare in a climate of reducing resources and increasing demand. It enables genuine patient focus in the most efficient way possible.
Connected Health means:
- Less waiting time in hospitals
- More care in the patient's home
- Swifter and more accurate communications between GPs, hospitals, allied healthcare professionals and others
- Giving the patient access to and control of their own health information
- Understanding how lifestyle, genetic and medical factors can impact on each other and therefore the person's health
- Evidence-based public health campaigns
- Maintaining or increasing patient contact in a time of decreasing resources
- Minimising hospitalisations
- Patient engagement- focusing on patients when they are dealing with illness or health challenge