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Mobile and Healthcare Seminar: Engaging Patients with Mobile Technologies to Improve Care

On May 7th, MassTLC
convened some of the best connected health technologists in the region. Our
moderator for the session, Charlie
, Director of Big Data, Healthcare and Life Sciences at IBM, opened the discussion by identifying the
common thread among the panelists – creating an interface to collect data from
the patient, for the patient, to help themselves and their clinicians provide
optimal care.
Providing a patient access enables self-managed care in a
way where the patient (aka stakeholder) can see and experience firsthand:
improved quality of life, lower costs, and improved overall outcomes.
Our panelists included Jonathon Dreyer,
Director of Mobile Solutions Marketing, Nuance’s Healthcare Division; John Moore, New Media Medicine Group, MIT Media Lab;
and Anne
, Manager Product Management, PHT
There was a good deal of discussion around how the panel
members are able to get users to adopt their technologies. There was a general
consensus that the time is now.  With improved and accessible technologies
available through our mobile devices, and the changes eminent in the healthcare
system, patients need to engage in their own care to improve care and lower

The tools available today to physician’s, such as Nuance’s mobile
healthcare solution
, enable a physician to use speech recognition tools to
document and quickly retrieve information to reach through layers of
information. This not only improves efficiency, but can drastically cut down on
human error. Jon went on to talk about how the future of this technology will
allow for the intelligence layer where the system can parse out meaning and a
fluid dialogue can occur with the user and the device.
For Anne, PHT’s eDiaries have clinically proven results
showing that patients’ results have improved greatly through monitoring their
drug interactions on a mobile device. And as technologies improve and people
become more savvy, there has been a significant increase in adoption. Check out
her presentation for actual study results.

John Moore’s technology truly puts the power in the
patients’ hands. Click here
to see a video of John’s Collaborhythm technology. This system is focused on
self-management for chronic disease, and has proven that with visualizations
tools, a patient develops the ability to visually see and understand how they
care for themselves and how it may directly correlate to the outcomes of their
disease. Through gamification, Collaborhythm has a stickiness that users enjoy,
the social aspect holds them accountable for their actions, and the ability to
share their data, allows for a true communication between themselves and their
clinician to take place. 
Jonathon Dreyer from Nuance using a slide showing a picture drawn by a young girl depicting the “old-style” of care.

The panel wrapped up the discussion with them saying they
felt innovations would and must continue to improve patient care and self-management.
And due to the rapid collection of data to prove that solutions were clinically
successful, regulatory bodies would not be a hindrance in this process.  They also agreed privacy would not be a
concern due to security precautions available through the improved

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