Measuring healthcare: digital implementation on an individual basis
The implementation of quality healthcare data gathering systems can be key to delivering personalised and effective healthcare. In order to implement this, engineers and designers must collaborate with healthcare professionals.
In an exclusive interview with the Information Daily, Christopher Golby, PHD WMG student at the University of Warwick, discusses how technology can improve the gathering of health informatics and data.
By using new devices such as mobile phones, smart phones and smart watches, data can be remotely captured in an unobtrusive way during a patient's day to day life. With data on a patient's condition, steps can be taken to drastically and individually improve how their healthcare is delivered.
Christopher Golby said, "What we really wanted to do was find a method to incorporate the healthcare market into the technology process. So, with the digital healthcare theme, trying to break down the barriers between the technology developers and the hospitals."
"The technology is driven by the clinician, the physiotherapist or the occupational therapist, as to someone in the engineering department".
He also emphasised the need to create user friendly interfaces for the technology that does not intimidate the user. Especially if the user is elderly, disabled or has mental health problems. He explains that existing devices such as smart phones or digital watches can be an excellent way of gathering vital data from patients, as most people are already familiar with the technology.
"It can be something to initially start that process of getting digital healthcare [data] into categories, without scaring people and breaking down end user acceptability."
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