Healthcare Enablers helps care professionals and organisations to strengthen the capacity to innovate. We offer an overview of the most important technological developments that improve the quality of healthcare.
Prevention & Healthy living
The aim of prevention is to ensure that people stay healthy. It has a universal approach: improving and protecting health. But it can also be selective, deemed necessary, or disease related: preventing illness and complications or detecting them early.
Healthy living refers to an individual’s own behaviour and responsibilities. The most important motivation for living a healthy life comes from the confrontation of an individual with him or herself. Facts about a person’s own health serve as a mirror.
In this first phase we describe four technological developments:
1 Holistic Tracking
2 Serious Gaming
3 Advanced Mobility
Consultation includes every interaction between a healthcare professional and healthcare user in the healthcare process, but also among healthcare users. Consultations give healthcare users the opportunity to ask for advice and can lead to a diagnosis, the prescription for treatment, or the decision to refrain from treatment.
The position of the individual in the consultation process is changing. Technological developments are strongly influencing this change and we described four:
1 Remotely Consultation
2 Health Information Systems
3 Smart Assistants
All analysis techniques, procedures and types of research and research results that aim to identify the cause of a health problem comprise Diagnosis. In the area of diagnosis, a lot has changed in the relationship between healthcare professional and healthcare user, partly because those who need healthcare have more knowledge and information at their disposal.
Technical developments put them more in control. Three examples of these technological developments are:
1 DIY Diagnostics
2 Enhanced Diagnostics
3 Smart Analytics
Treatment & Guidance
Treatment focuses on recovery from physical, mental and social health problems, or avoidance of aggravation of these problems, through medical, behavioural and/or paramedical treatment. Guidance refers to stabilizing or activating a person’s mental, social and physical performance.
Technological developments bring more possibilities and facilitate the diversity on which the (right) actions can be carried out. Within this phase we describe seven developments:
1 Digital Reality
2 Printing Procedures
3 Robotic Operations
5 Advanced Therapeutics
Control & Monitoring
Control comprises the verification that treatments and support achieve the desired effect in patients. Monitoring can be a tool for control, for examining progress, and for reactive compliance.
Technological developments are changing the role and possibilities of the healthcare professional and healthcare user in this process. Within this care phase we see three major technological movements:
1 Remote Monitoring
2 Robotic Care
How innovative is my organisation?
Not all organisations are equally advanced when it comes to innovation. The stage an organisation is at is determined on dimensions such as strategy and governance, funding, results and measurability, methods, culture, competencies and communication.
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