Rand Releases Home Healthcare Study

Technological advances have pushed the frontier of care management into the home setting, and today’s tools go well beyond mere monitoring and narrow functionalities; they allow the integration of monitoring and therapeutic systems, provide educational content, and enable communication and data flow between the patient and professional health care providers.

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Healthcare System Could Be Transformed By Emerging Technologies

The CSC (Computer Science Corporation) released a report that identifies a new wave of disruptive technologies that will reshape the delivery of healthcare. These new technologies will help control costs while improving health by ushering in an era of wellness, self-monitoring, increased and earlier detection of disease, and more effective treatments.E-Power To The patient

The report, “The Future of Healthcare: It’s Health, Then Care,” identifies a wide range of technologies in development, from intelligent pills that deliver targeted doses of medication to specific locations in the body, to brain implants that prevent seizures, to contact lenses with microchips to detect glaucoma, to bioprinting that creates new skin.

“Healthcare needs significant disruptive change to address its problems and there are many maturing technologies that can help,” said Fran Turisco, the study’s lead researcher, who is an Emerging Practices research principal in CSC’s Global Healthcare Services Group. “What we have seen to date is only the tip of the iceberg of a wide range of technologies coming out of commercial, government and university research labs that can make a significant difference for wellness and care delivery.”

The report identifies five key trends that will change healthcare, all enabled by these emerging technologies:

E-Power to the Patient

Patients will be in charge of their care management on a daily basis, marked by “shared care” between patient and provider. They will be empowered through the availability of health information, new intelligent health and care applications, and a support system that encourages and monitors progress.

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