Smart health combines technology with medicine to improve the lives of patients and healthcare providers. At BearingPoint, we have identified four trending areas in smart health.
Remote primary care is one of those trends. As technology rapidly evolves and digital devices are readily available, patients expect help where they are with treatments and overall health. However, there are challenges for healthcare providers to stay up to date and ensure patient data safety because of the fast-changing technological landscape.
Remote specialist care is another trend, such as diabetes care from home and doctors assisting patients remotely with high blood pressure. Initially, these services were often provided by private companies. Technology has unlocked this market segment, allowing the public healthcare sector to leverage smart, remote specialist care.
Another trending topic is remote self-care, including self-monitoring with smart devices. A smartwatch can track heart activity, blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar levels and oxygen saturation. For example, Apple has acquired dozens of firms that make home-diagnostic devices (link apple-article), an example of a private company breaking ground and opening opportunities for the public healthcare sector to provide excellent remote self-care to everyone.
Visiting care with the help of digital tools is an area within smart health that helps patients where they are with their specific needs. The challenge for caregivers is choosing the correct digital tools and efficiently rolling them out for sustainable value.
Below please find sample offerings and solutions that we deliver to our clients to help them benefit from opportunities within smart health.
Remote specialist care has made it possible for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension to optimize their care and receive it where they are. At BearingPoint, we provide technology assessments through our Digital Development accelerator and offer legal analyses and recommendations, support throughout the procurement process and solution implementation strategies using agile methods.
Mobile devices within healthcare improve patients’ lives and the work environment for medical staff. Healthcare staff had been glued to a computer screen to track the heart rate and well-being of a patient, but with mobile devices, doctors and nurses can access this data wherever they are. Another example is closed loop medication, which uses scanners and systems to decrease the risk of medicines being given to the wrong person or at the wrong time or dosage. At BearingPoint, we identify your needs, from sourcing and procurement to implementation.
We have employed doctors as advisors to provide crucial healthcare-related information and legal advisors to help us navigate laws and regulations. Furthermore, we have worked for many years within the public sector and healthcare industry, gaining valuable knowledge on healthcare structure, challenges and obstacles. We recognize the possibilities. Our healthcare experts help you with challenges throughout the healthcare value chain and can transform them into opportunities.
When starting a project or a pilot, it´s often helpful to begin by defining the patient journey. For example, during a project exploring the need for mobile devices at a hospital, defining the patient journey helps determine what to include and exclude in the scope and collect information as a basis for improvements. By defining the patient journey, gaps become transparent and can be addressed proactively. This is necessary to increase patient security, satisfaction and health and reduce costs. At BearingPoint, we have provided this service for many years.