Patient-centric Data Halo Integration (PDHI)

Background

To be able to maintain our high quality healthcare system, fundamental changes are needed. Citizens and patients must be empowered to manage their own health. Personal data of all types surrounds all of us like a halo. Today’s wireless, mobile devices, and “personal wear” devices are able to collect and transfer data surrounding patients, medical professionals, medical support personnel, devices, locations, and many, many more logically related entities. This data can be used to improve the “medical experience” of patients during and after physical discharge from the medical facility and should be applied to nurture them back to health while they are back at home. The patient must be responsible for their own health, influenced by knowledge elements related to their disease, and coached by digital medical professionals. Information and telecommunication technology will have a substantial role in this crucial (and cost-effective) transformation process from real-life medical professionals to digital medical professionals. Smart Phones and sensors are collecting data from citizens and patients on a level, never been seen before. It is expected that the Smart Watch technology will speed up this process even more.

It is therefore essential to have a trusted, dedicated medical platform that can collect, analyze, transfer, and integrate all these different data sources in real time with consent of the patient, medical professionals, and treatment-related organizations based on agreed disease-related and treatment protocols.

Problem

Patient-centric Data Halo Integration means monitoring patient behavior constantly, collect data, transfer this data to a unified, central platform, process and analyze the data, and create a feed-back loop to the patient and medical professionals to influence their actual behavior based on the data collected and related to the disease and/or unhealthy situation. But how to integrate this new technology into the user and/or patient behavior and everyday life?

Actual Challenge

How can the Smart Watch technology be used to support the patient at home? Design a PDHI system and build an app for collecting patient data at the source, based on “personal wear” devices, like Apple’s Watch, Samsung’s Smart Watch, and using Apple’s iBeacon sensor concept.
The PDHI system should:

  • grab the data at regular intervals,
  • transfer the data to a central platform,
  • combine the data with other data sources,
  • analyze the overall picture of the patient, and
  • decide on the next knowledge component to release to the patient, based on his disease, actual situation/behavior, and necessary next steps and/or corrections.

Roles

  • PDHI Team Captain
  • PDHI-Team (max. 5-10 consultants)