Re: Cutting edge analytics for healthcare institutions
@eCitizen: The numbers are horrifying, aren't they? And from what I recall from previous research, they have not gone down over the years. If you do your own research, you'll find other studies mirror these percentages, unfortunately, so it's not a question of bias. In other words, sadly the data is correct.
Pilots suggest -- if not out-and-out prove -- that even rudimentary technologies such as text reminders boost compliance by reminding patients to take their medications or measure their insulin or whatever their maintenance plan calls for. Wearable tech -- smart watches or Fitbit-like devices -- could also remind patients via buzzes, vibrations, lights, or other pre-set alarm. If there was a way to tie in an alarm to the actual action of taking the pill, measuring insulin, etc., that could work well for some patients, perhaps...? Technology backed by people who monitor compliance seems, to me, to be the best approach and as we've seen it's most cost-effective since it prevents people needing to return to their (costly) hospital beds. In the case of the patients in this article, they were particularly vulnerable due to economic or other reasons.
Pharmaceutical companies have to be careful, as they seem to realize, about stepping over privacy and other lines, here. Doctors don't have time to monitor all their patients. That said, you'd think there's room for another type of healthcare worker to take on that task, equipped with the right data and technology. This employee would escalate it to a doctor or nurse practioner if necessary. I think a mix of tech -- including text reminders, the type of analytics solution described here, apps that automatically remind patients that it's time to take medication, and other devices/software/other -- should improve these horrendous statistics.