Digital dilemmas in healthcare


Posted on: July 2, 2019 by Heather Haugen

The digital transformation in healthcare is influencing every aspect of care delivery- from the bench to the bedside and into homes. Technology continues to be an important enabler across the entire spectrum of healthcare spanning genomics, clinical guidelines and social determinants of health. The intersection of healthcare and technology will play a central role in driving the value of health globally.

The digital transformation in healthcare is influencing every aspect of care delivery - from the bench to the bedside and into the homes of healthcare consumers. Technology continues to be an important enabler across the entire spectrum of healthcare spanning genomics, clinical guidelines and social determinants of health. The intersection of healthcare and technology will play a central role in driving the value of health globally. Today, artificial intelligence is being utilized to improve diagnoses, treatments and care management. This progress enables better insights around the role technology can play in improving health and longevity. While we understand the potential value this technology can bring, it brings significant disruption to current healthcare processes and must be thoughtfully integrated and maintained over time. Acknowledging these challenges and tensions allows us to plan for both the value and challenges of technology in healthcare.

As we consider the next decade of digital transformation, we can imagine the value of quantum simulation for personalized medicine. This replaces ‘one-size-fits-all’ medicine with an approach that is much more targeted to individual patients. The intersection of these two disciplines- quantum simulation and personalized medicine- could dramatically increase longevity and quality of life. Yet, the ethical, biological and technical considerations must be carefully weighed and will create barriers to achieving the ultimate goal- improved health. The success of precision medicine is strongly dependent on the ability to turn data into clinical insights. This data spans electronic health records, medical imaging, laboratory tests encompassing genomics profiling, pharmacy, administrative data, sensors, wearable devices, and more. We must consider the many forces at work as we push for this innovation and progress around personalized medicine. Both today and into the future, digital transformation will drive innovation, insights, and disruption in healthcare, but our charge is to ensure it drives the value of health globally.

Read Health experts' insights in Atos Digital Vision Paper on Health to  learn more from on the real revolution in Healthcare.

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About Heather Haugen

Chief Science Officer for Digital Health Solutions for Atos.
Dr. Heather Haugen has deep expertise in health information technology and a passion for research and the application of those outcomes to the challenges that currently exist in healthcare.  She is the Chief Science Officer for Atos in their Digital Health Solutions division.  Prior to her current role, she was the Managing Director of The Breakaway Group, A Xerox Company.  She has served in research, development and information systems leadership roles. Her past roles have led to a unique mix of experience, including conducting rigorous research, leading development efforts based on research outcomes, and leading and developing top-performing teams. Haugen has more than 20 years of research experience in both the academic and private sectors. Her research and methodology is published in her latest book, Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for the Adoption of Healthcare Technology, which is the second edition and a National Bestseller.  Dr. Haugen holds a faculty position at the University of Colorado Denver- Anschutz Medical Center as the Director of Health Information Technology, where she actively mentors doctoral students and teaches courses. She is also the author of Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for the Adoption of Healthcare Technology.

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