Do doctors know enough about medical technology to help start building the software that they use inside their practices? Traditional thinking would say, no. The medical trade might be modernizing, but its members generally know more about kidneys than keyboards and more colons, corneas and clavicles than CAPS lock.
But this is the age of the citizen developer, remember?
This is the age when anyone (i.e. non technical business managers and all other stakeholders) can start to impact the way software is created. So could there be avenues for doctors to get more involved at least with the software that they use in healthcare?
Even better, what if the software trade were able to interface with medical professionals on specific projects (and vice versa) to help build applications from the bottom upwards?
Practitioners, purchasers, providers & pharmas
This is some of the thinking behind Medelinked, a secure online health cloud service for users to build a health profile and then connect that information stream with their trusted health providers.
The firm’s Medelinked Healthcare Innovations Exchange is intended to be an online zone where practitioners, purchasers, healthcare providers and pharma organisations can identify and commission a growing network of developers to create and co-create additional products and services.
The portal itself is also intended to act as a place to find already-connected wearables, healthcare and commercial applications that are customised for the Medelinked Platform.
The health of nations
We know that healthcare providers around the world (whether in the public or private sector) are increasingly requiring patients to engage more fully in managing their own state of health. This means health services have to move from a focus on institutional health record management, onward to making that health data available for all patients and their devices.
Crucially, doctors must now allow patients to become an active part of the data collection process. This could have a huge impact on the health of nations.
As an analogy — if banking applications only allowed us to look at our bank balance, they wouldn’t be too popular. In healthcare, medical thermometers have been around since 1602. But because Internet banking allows us to perform transactions, track spending trends and set interactive savings goals, these apps have proliferated. Personal IoT device-driven healthcare is on the same kind of evolutionary curve.
As the Internet of things expands, we will need to develop systems that can take advantage of all the information that is increasingly available and that is relevant to the individual patient — yet make it simultaneously available to both clinician and patient in readily selectable, understandable and useable form so that it can positively affect health outcomes. Medelinked thinks it has a solution to meet these requirements.
Help the doctor to help you
Medelinked is a secure online health web service for users to build a health profile and then connect that information stream with their trusted health providers. Patients fill out a survey about their current state of their health, select the health records they want to share and send the snapshot to their doctor from the comfort of their home. The snapshot will appear as a dashboard in their doctor’s Medelinked portal, which they (the doctor) can view before an appointment.