In my research on the use of these emerging software tools there are important advantages to patients as well as all the chain of caregivers.
While pharmaceuticals & mechanisms are the backbone for good care, knowledge is perhaps more important than either. The wrong drug or procedure is often worse than no treatment at all.
The current game-based software that is emerging is often seeing results that are ten time faster with vastly superior retention. Not only can the student, doctor, nurse, patient be presented with the information, but we can now say with certainty that they know the material. And with as little as ten minutes per week in review, we can be assured that there is 100% retention.
These techniques are world changing. Can any doctor assert that he/she remembers everything learned in Med School?
Modern medicine is constantly changing and everyone needs to keep up with the current standards of care. Patients need to understand their disease and the importance of their actions in the battle with it.
Caregivers need to understand the regulations under which they operate for both compliance and liability issues.
Using these tools, a health care organization can be 100% confident that their staff is fully up to date and can show any auditor or regulator their compliance.
I expect that in the next 3 years these software tools will be deployed everywhere with very positive results.
The best way to treat a population is to drop the incidence of lifestyle disease. Since these tools are cloud-based, it is easy to know that all covered members are fully instructed on their own health decisions. A provider can give discounts for members who spend a few minutes per month keeping up to date.
Fully integrated software tools and some of the new tracking hardware can make a difference. There are many new bracelets that track activity. If as they say “sitting is the new smoking”, a person who wears the bracelet and downloads the data frequently can qualify for discounts for living an active life.
The other sensors that are ready for the market provide early diagnostics cheaply and effectively. A small device connected to the net through WiFi and placed in the toilet bowl can detect changes in urine and stool immediately and thus detect abnormalities. Wouldn’t it be fun for the hospital to call a member alerting her that she is pregnant? Or that a colonoscopy is indicated because of blood in the stool. Quick early detection can drop the cost of treatment and provide better outcomes.
I think these tools are a world changer and can for the first time drop costs and improve outcomes.