How an open health platform and ecosystem can make the twin goals of a greater emphasis on self-management of conditions, and ramping up the potential of innovation, a reality

Healthcare provision in the UK is at a crossroads. Innovation investment is being outpaced by the growth of lifestyle-associated illnesses and management of long-term chronic conditions. The demand for healthcare services is placing greater pressure on resources, while a thirst for efficiency remains unquenched.

Significant action is needed to rethink how we provide and manage healthcare. We don’t need a paradigm shift, but the system needs to drive two objectives.

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First, there needs to be a greater emphasis on people managing their own health. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) want a greater focus on healthy living and prevention, with 78 per cent saying patients have access to the information and resources needed to live healthily [1].

Moving forward, medically graded consumer solutions – increasingly at play at the crossroads between consumer and professional health – will help people measure vital signs to understand how lifestyle choices affect their body.

At the other end of the health continuum, chronically ill patients need to be better equipped, with knowledge and technology, to manage long term conditions. A recent large scale, supported self-care programme implemented by the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group in a partnership with Philips has provided powerful results, showing reduced emergency admissions, in some instances by as much as 30 per cent [2], and reduced demands on non-acute consultations.

Second, make innovation the driving force to deliver care efficiently within a truly integrated system, establishing technology as an enabling platform for system-wide transformation.

“We have entered a new transformative era for healthcare, and technology is enabling the industry to connect to, care for and engage with patients and each other in a profound new way,” said Marc Benioff, chair and CEO of salesforce.com.

His firm partnered with Philips to develop an open health platform and ecosystem that can help mobilise and leverage data that truly matters, is easily accessible, contextually relevant, and actionable anywhere care takes place.

Innovations such as this, combined with a commitment to multi-stakeholder collaboration and co-creation of person-centred care models, have the potential to truly disrupt the way care is delivered, driving improved care quality, outcomes and reducing cost.

The recent Future Health Index report highlights that 90 per cent of Healthcare Professionals in the UK said an integrated health system is crucial [3]. Hence, how much more can we accomplish when we truly innovate and collaborate?

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REFERNCES

[1] Philips Healthcare, ‘The Future Health Index’, June 2016, last accessed August 2016

[2] Van Berkel, C. Smith, M, Horsfield, D and McManus, H. ‘Evidence for Supported Self Care at Scale’, March 2016, last accessed August 2016

[3] Philips Healthcare, ‘The Future Health Index’, June 2016, last accessed August 2016