Digital technologies have the potential to revolutionise the means by which healthcare is delivered and accessed. The digitisation of health information has provided many practitioners and patients with more personal, more deliverable forms of care. Individuals can now track their wellbeing via a multitude of apps and devices, and they can do so while keeping their healthcare providers and practitioners informed of their progress. These digital health identity is a positive evolution for healthcare, and they enable better data analysis and provide better options for clients. With these developments also comes the need for better identity management and security.
The data used to build a digital health identity once consisted of name, address, date of birth, and banking information. However, as the world evolves, we are exposed to more ways where our identity data can be found and analysed. You can now unlock a phone with your fingerprint, use your voice to control your devices, and just tap your mobile or bank card to pay for lunch. Our technology is more mobile than ever before, but it is also more personal and dynamic. This trend will continue to grow, with digital identities manifesting throughout departments – healthcare included.
Instead of a rigid, visit-based treatment program, medical practitioners and patients have access to real-time information on their bodies – and a far better assessment of treatment quality and delivery. By digitising patient data, practitioners become more accessible to their clients. A digital identity allows patients to record their health and relay any changes to their doctor. On a higher level, medical research can utilise data from digital identities to better understand health and lifestyle patterns, the cause of disease, drug efficiency, and where the most appropriate place for medical intervention would be for an individual.
Digital Health provides us with the means to drive patient-centric healthcare through digital technology. At the core of the trend sits the knowledge that digitisation provides users with better, more mobile access to healthcare and wellness opportunities.
This step up will see:
- The implementation of digital clinical systems, meaning that paper-based systems can be phased out and patient information can be kept up-to-date and readily available via an interconnected system. This means patients and doctors have easy access regardless of location, improving care delivery and understanding.
- Shared information is key to the success of digitalised health. The support of patients relies upon continued care beyond the doctor’s office, and with the relevant sharing of health information with the patient and those supporting them, a continuum of care can be accurately and efficiently carried out
- Patient-centric delivery ensures that digital health technologies reflect attentively and informed responses to an individual’s healthcare needs
- Digitalised health enables applied research. Not only do digital technologies improve patient care, but they also improve the means by which physicians and practitioners understand and deliver care options due to a more relevant, more informed knowledge of their patient.
Harness the Future
Healthcare systems will use more ‘as a service’ applications to deliver access to services as an integrated whole, designed to benefit patients and keep the attention on them. With health and fitness being ‘on trend’, both in the sphere of business and society and running ever more efficiently off data insights, identity will become the ‘glue’ by which we receive and deliver patient care.