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    What can the data do for me?

    What can the data do for me?


    Is it possible that technology trends are driving healthcare towards a more proactive system of patients spending money to be healthy instead of spending money to cure sickness?

    General practitioners in the UK could soon be “prescribing” cheap or free smartphone apps to help their patients manage their health and medical conditions, according to news released on Wednesday by the Department of Health.See http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/241996.php

    Well, its not really quite the right time to trade in your GP for a few Android apps.

    The idea is to make it easy and convenient for patients to access information and services from the NHS, manage conditions more effectively, and improve their lifestyle choices.

    But yet, the NHS is on to something.

    The health care market is driven by data and costs. EHR (electronic health records) is a central player in the healthcare provider market in Europe and the US. This is a fact that cannot be ignored, especially with current US stimulus spending for so-called meaningful use of technology in healthcare sponsored by the Obama administration that awards over $40,000 to a physican than adopts an EHR system. Another fact that cannot be ignored anymore is mobile apps.

    But – can technology such as EHR (electronic health records), medical portals and mobile healthcare apps help improve patient health on their own?

    On the data side – With all the enthusiasm for consumer-driven healthcare in the United States and mobile technology worldwide, patients are not really interested in managing electronic health records.

    Patients are interested in what the data can do for them. Can they provide their doctor with data that will improve the success of the therapeutic plan? Can the data help them reduce their medical costs and improve their safety? Can they use the data to gauge the quality of their doctors’ decision making and care they are getting?

    On the cost side – It is unrealistic to expect that consumers will pay for personal health record applications and online services unless the products and services are funded by an advertising model, which is potentially very problematic from a patient privacy perspective.

    This logically means that private social networking for healthcare must provide tangible benefits for the doctor – any doctor – anywhere in the world not just in America. Not including China and the Far East, we can see that American doctors are less than 20% of the world physician community.

    There is no reason for English speaking technology trends to drive improvements in healthcare, is there?

    Language Area Country NumberDoctors
    German EU Germany

    284,400

    Italian EU Italy

    220,000

    French EU France

    205,000

    English EU UK

    126,000

    Spanish EU Spain

    120,200

    English EU Ireland

    117,000

    Dutch EU Holland

    60,500

    Flemish EU Belgium

    44,100

    Portugese EU Portugal

    30,100

    Swedish EU Sweden

    29,200

    Danish EU Denmark

    19,300

    Polish EU Poland

    17,600

    Norwegian EU Norway

    17,500

         

    1,290,900

         

    Russian ROW Russia

    710,000

    English ROW India

    645,000

    Portugese ROW Brasil

    466,000

    Turkish ROW Turkey

    116,000

    Spanish ROW Argentina

    108,800

    English ROW Australia

    49,600

    English ROW Israel

    25,100

         

    2,120,500

         

    English US US

    790,000

    English US Canada

    66,000

         

    856,000

     

     

     

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