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By Stephanie Musal • February 22, 2018

Connected Health Effectiveness: Why Data is the Bottom Line

“America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.”

Walter Cronkite

Today, many people see healthcare as a world of managed care, biomedicine, PBMs, ISO standards, CMS and the FDA. For others, it’s a world of healthcare reform, cost control efforts, accountable care organizations and MACRA.

For doctors and other healthcare professionals, it can be a world of frustration or satisfaction, in varying degrees, day by day. For patients, it can be a landscape of complex information and sometimes upsetting options; many of those options can involve discomfort or even pain.

For those involved in the ongoing rapid advancements of healthcare technology, they may see healthcare in terms of EHRs, APIs, HIPAA, and applications.

So it all depends on your lens. 

Data is the bottom line for everyone

With all of that, and no matter how you look at it, many see the pivot point for today’s healthcare industry as one thing – data. Healthcare produces reams of data every minute of every day. The data continually pours in and out of an endless array of innovative devices. It takes the form of patient data, clinical and utilization data, financial data, operational data, mobile data. Mountains of measurements, towers of telemetry.

To some, all that data opens up wide vistas of possibility to accomplish great things: improving the patient experience, reducing re-admissions and creating better outcomes for individuals and populations.

Healthcare visionaries see possibilities such as:

  • Telemedicine, where doctors in prestigious U.S. medical centers can examine, diagnoses and treat people throughout the world – in real time.
  • Wearable and IoT healthcare connections that can monitor basic health (heart rate, calories burned), read glucose levels, check your posture and even supply electrotherapy to reduce body pain.
  • Smartphones equipped to scan blood samples for a range of diseases and conditions; and apps to help diagnose illnesses and mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Utilizing patient-generated health data to implement advanced levels of post-hospitalization care management.

Telehealth, wearable devices, mobile healthcare and better care management will dramatically increase providers’, payers’ and institutions’ access to individual and population health data, while making that data inherently more valuable and, at the same time, allowing vastly increasing opportunities for patients to connect with care.

Data’s potential in patient adherence

Think about medication adherence for a moment. For decades, patient adherence and persistency have been among the most challenging aspects of medical care. Everyone from academics, physicians, nurses and pharmacists to pharmaceutical executives have sought ways to ensure patients take their medicine as prescribed. Unfortunately, and despite near-Herculean efforts and hundreds of millions of dollars spent, compliance remains at less than 50% in many drug categories.

With that in mind, consider the possibilities data technologies can provide. Imagine the opportunity if a complete list of a given patient’s medical prescriptions could be married with that patient’s pharmacy fulfillment behavior. And if that data could be used – in a fully HIPAA-compliant way – to track ongoing patient refill behavior and then could be used to provide individualized reminders directly to that patient through multiple communications channels. 

Achieving connected health excellence with a single platform

 What do these leading-edge possibilities have in common? They can all be executed – now, today – on a single platform. And they can be provided with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness. That platform is the foundation of CloudMine’s healthcare stack.

CloudMine is the leading secure cloud-based platform powering a remarkable range of digital health capabilities. CloudMine connects organizations directly to the world of clinical data, enabling them to operationalize data through application development, analytics and workflow. It allows organizations to connect to all forms of health data, engage patients through rich applications, and store sensitive data sets securely to provide better care for the individual.

 The CloudMine team has created its industry-leading healthcare stack for one reason. For patients, providers, clinical investigators and digital innovators, connected healthcare is better healthcare.

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