Updated on 9 December 2015
Dr Peter Edelstein, Chief Medical Officer, Elsevier
How can technology be instrumental and more effective in empowering patients to manage diseases?
Technology which can provide educational information to patients in their own language and at the appropriate educational level, all in the comfort of the patient's own home, has tremendous ability to empower patients to achieve better health through disease prevention and maintenance. This vision of truly engaged patients who achieve better health outcomes at lower costs for everyone is why Elsevier, for example, has invested so heavily in Patient Engagement solutions.
For technology to truly empower patients, it is critical that the information provided to those patients is up to the medical standards of their physicians and other providers. Thus, we need both patient and provider technology to be capable of delivering credible, current, evidence-based information that is specifically relevant to that patient. Technology for providers, such as ClinicalKey that is integrated with Patient Engagement solutions allow both providers and patients to most effectively work together.
What are the challenges in implementing smart technologies for patients in developing countries?
Challenges for patients cannot clearly be separated from challenges for providers. For example, both must have access to credible, current clinical information. And truly smart technology must allow the provider to determine when and what content is pushed out to the patient, and when the patient's clinical situation should lead that smart technology to inform the provider. Smart technology that is able to educate the patient versus inform the provider will lead to improved efficiencies of care while maintaining or elevating clinical outcomes.
Is the regulatory environment evolving at the same pace with the rise of smart healthcare products and devices?