Health Care Leaders Collaborate To Improve Data Usage

As virtual health technologies continue to proliferate, the fragmented nature of the data they generate presents an ever growing challenge. In particular, how best to aggregate and store data accessibly is top of mind for most in the field.  Moreover, translating this data into actionable insights remains a complex challenge.  To this end, representatives from Duke University, Stanford School of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Partners Healthcare System, the FDA and other health care organizations, have developed a plan that includes recommendations on how mHealth data can be used by health care organizations to inform diagnoses, care plan creation, and clinical product development.

The group of representatives hope to overcome a challenging conundrum related to mHealth apps. Providers don’t trust data generated by mHealth apps, especially those that are consumer facing, to inform clinical decision making.  Yet, clinicians may have an incomplete view of the patient due to the exclusion of this data.  As a result, this obstacle has prevented many organizations from adopting mHealth apps.

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mHealth-Enabled Body Sensors Progress Forward

As organizations explore new ways to embrace the integration and sharing of data, the number of data sources continues to grow. Researchers at MIT, Harvard Medical School, Tufts University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln are currently developing a “smart” bandage that will be able to deliver time-release doses of medication into wounds. The project, entitled, The Dermal Abyss Program, envisions a bandage made of gel-coated fibers containing medications which would be released by a microcontroller embedded in the bandage controlled by a mHealth app.

The initiative is the latest step toward overcoming the limitations of wearables. From “smart” tattoos to patches and beyond, the possible applications of these “body sensors” are far-reaching. For more on this subject, refer to Sg2’s publication, The Next-Generation Technology Platform. Not an Sg2 member? Contact us to learn more.

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