This blog series has been about how wearables have become more than a passing trend and are truly changing the way people and organizations think about managing health. I hear from many companies and customers who want to understand how the wearables market is impacting patient care as well as some of the changes taking place with providers, insurers, and employers. So far, I've shared some of their questions and my responses. The final question in this series is:
What kinds of organizational and cultural changes are driven by patient-generated data?
There is definitely a cultural shift, and you get different adoption and excitement on a clinician-by-clinician basis. It is still early days.Some clinicians are championing patient-generated data while others aren’t buying into its significance.
Where I hope Intel can play a role both near term and going forward is with predictive analytics and using streaming wearable data to help inform predictive models and make them more accurate. As I mentioned in earlier posts, we want to make it easier for health systems and clinicians to adopt a data-driven approach, enabling better allocation of limited resources and, ultimately, improving patient outcomes.
I am most excited about the ability to monitor patients and members continuously rather than periodically, moving from episodic to real time. That’s the game changer. And it’s enabled by technologies with the combination of very low power consumption, very small form factor or package, and the ability to send sensor data (either directly or via the ubiquitous smartphone) to the cloud or to backend information systems.
As wearables become more pervasive it will be exciting to see the industry move beyond consumer-based wearable devices that were developed for fitness purposes to devices with more sophisticated sensing capabilities targeted for healthcare use cases. I feel these devices will have a significant impact on reducing costs and improving outcomes by monitoring conditions and patients 24x7.
What questions about wearables do you have?