Intel, Apple, HP…technology and innovation as several names, but the basis for all was Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley, with San Jose and Sta. Clara forming the core of that region, is where Innovations are. An inspiring environment for young start-ups, enthusiastic mentors and possible investors to come together and find out more about their opportunities to revolutionize the health care.
What is Health 2.0 about? Imagine.. :
Emma is a cancer patient with hypertension, 46 years old, 2 children. She receives a cocktail of different chemotherapeutics, targeted as well as anti-hypertensive drugs. Her oncologist provided her a detailed treatment plan and offered her to sign in to his service app. As she signed in she receives some coaching around healthy behaviour for cancer patients, including recipes for healthy cooking. Emma can get in touch with other patients who signed in suffering from the same disease. Her oncologist is able to monitor her treatment adherence through this app as well. She feels thoroughly attended and is lucky to share her day to day experiences in her virtual patient pass – which also allows her to monitor herself and take note about questions for her next visit to the doctor.
Emma’s day starts at 6. Her wearable tech bracelet vibrates and smoothly wakens her up. While she’s having a shower, her coffee is brewed – as programmed in her remote control device. When she arrives to the kitchen, the smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the kitchen. She’s preparing breakfast for her family and sending the children to school. Meanwhile her vital functions are monitored through her bracelet. Then it’s time for her breakfast and her smartphone reminds her to take the blood pressure and ensure she’s taking her medication properly.
As she takes her oral targeted cancer medication – she receives an alert on her Smartphone–she’s taking one of the last pills- new drug has to be prescribed. This information is automatically forwarded to her oncologist, who will then check his patient dashboard and ask her to pass for an examen to check her health status or just prescribe new pills. The prescription goes right on to the pharmacist, who orders the drug.
Emma feels dizzy today with some headache and intense ear pain – time to schedule a date with her general practicioner. Drinking her coffee and having breakfast she sends her blood pressure data to the general practicioner and her oncologist and digitally schedules a digital meeting with the praciticioner indicating her symptoms. Her doctor comes back with further diagnostic requirements: He wants her to check her ears due to the ear pain – so she is doing this examen with her Smartphone, then measuring body temperature and sending the pictures and results on to her doctor prior to the meeting. Once she finished her homework and had her childrens sent to school, she calls her doctor as agreed upon for the virtual meeting. He diagnoses an inflammation in the middle ear and prescribes medication later that day.
The same time he prescribes the medication, the pharmacist receives the data- of course both have a database of Emma’s current medications including her chemotherapy and can take drug interactions into consideration when treating the middle ear inflammation. And as Emma is lying in her bed for cure, the medication is delivered from the pharmacist to Emma´s home.
Unrealistic future? Realistic today with devices already available and presented during Health 2.0.