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Mobilize the dots to realize the Big Picture in Healthcare

Remember those pictures in comic books where you would have a collection of dots with numbers and you would connect the right dots in sequence -- and lo and behold, there was a picture of your favorite movie or cartoon character. This is what I am reminded of when I read the article Mobility and its ecosystem, the keys to delivering personalized healthcare in the HP Industry Edge, Health & Life Sciences edition. This article details how various technologies and paradigms complement and augment mobility to lead us into the world of an improved end-to-end patient experience.


The author of this article, Larry Schmidt from HP Enterprise Services does this by detailing the various "dots" across the patient care life cycle while highlighting the need for a mobile strategy that is both innovative and future-proof.


Recently I wrote about the need to revitalize the healthcare industry across the service provider ecosystem in Innovate the hospital with IT to energize Health care. In this post, I highlight the service provider ecosystem that includes the physician's office, offsite ancillary services, the home and the mobile device. The device that empowers Mobility -- The Third Platform is the focus of Schmidt's article -- generating data points that need to be connected to seamlessly drive the patient experience overall. Having these data points is good -- synthetically connecting them while applying a healthy combination of innovation and technologies is priceless.


Let us see how by first identifying these dots and then weaving a story around them to highlight the overall patient experience:

  1. Mobile device integrates with a health monitoring instrument to regularly record and send real-time readings to the patient’s electronic medical record.
  2. Doctors review the patient’s electronic medical record and provide their feedback.
  3. Wireless networking enables applications to perform video conferencing.
  4. IPv6 enables the association of an IP address to every appliance and device.
  5. Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) enables technology-agnostic interaction between applications.
  6. Sensors convey pressure points of patients in bed that can trigger appropriate measures from the attendants.
  7. RFID chip in drug containers can communicate with RFID sensors in patient recovery rooms.

Here is the big picture:


The Mobile Device of Mr. Adult Patient communicates with a blood pressure monitor with a unique IPv6 address to send his pulse rate to the Hospital Application tracking these numbers. Information analytics techniques are applied to detect patterns that require immediate attention. Such patterns are communicated to medical personnel who treat this as a 911 call dispatching an emergency vehicle to Mr. Patient’s residence. Paramedics detect that the brain and the heart have been affected and contact the cardiologist and a brain surgeon who are video conferenced so that they can see the patient in the ambulance on the gurney. SOA enables the seamless interaction between the applications used by the different surgeons’ offices. Sensors on the brain and the heart of Mr. Patient after the surgery provide continuous readings to the attendants of both physicians. RFID technology enables the careful orchestration of the medication schedule for the brain and the heart since untimely administration of one could wreak havoc in other parts of the body.


Recently, I had blogged about wearable devices that matter to people we care about. These are an integral part of the ecosystem that Schmidt describes in his article. While these devices are really innovative solutions that address specific challenges in real-life scenarios, it is vital to have an integrated solution that connects all the dots to deliver on outcomes that matter – which is the key focus area for HP Enterprise Mobile Application Services.


How about you? Can you think of other usage scenarios that can innovatively improve our life experience in the healthcare industry -- in rural areas?  For close family members? What is the role of your mobile device in such situations? Please let me know.


This post is part of the Knowledge Matters mobility series. Be on the lookout for our up and coming blogs on cloud and mobility. And you can always check out our previous Knowledge Matters articles on the HP Applications Services blog.


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