The Center for Connected Health is working to create a new model for healthcare delivery, by developing programs and innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor's office into the day-to-day lives of patients. Leveraging information technology - cell phones, computers, networked devices and simples remote health monitoring tools - the Center is helping providers and patients manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.
Our main interest areas include:
Connected health programs can facilitate patient self-management and encourage consumers to take a more active role in their health. Real-time access to personal health data and targeted patient education encourages healthy lifestyle decisions and wellness efforts. Patient self-management programs, utilizing connected health technologies, are being applied to a number of mounting health crises, including obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Connected health technologies are demonstrating their value in cardiac care, particularly for patients with heart failure. Recent studies have shown that telemonitoring programs have a significant impact on efficiency of care and quality of life, while decreasing re-hospitalization rates.
We have also recently begun a study evaluating the use of a blood pressure self-management system and its effect on blood pressure.
The area of teledermatology is showing great potential in delivering personalized, quality patient care despite a critical shortage of qualified dermatologists. Through the use of virtual visits, digital cameras and the Internet, patients and their dermatologists can interact and stay connected throughout the course of treatment.
Diabetes is a chronic and growing illness that affects more than 20 million adults and children in the U.S. Patients with diabetes can avoid serious health complications associated with the disease, by maintaining blood glucose (sugar) levels within a normal range and minimizing daily sugar intake. The Center for Connected Health is working on a number of connected health models of care to address this mounting health crisis, including a remote monitoring program to help diabetes patients collect and transmit their blood sugar readings, access their personal health data and remotely collaborate with their providers from the convenience of their home.
The Center for Connected Health believes in the power of mobile technology to transform the lives of patients and to improve the quality of care that we provide. We are currently exploring several areas of mHealth, from smartphone applications to wireless data transfer systems that can give patients a closer relationship with their providers.
From video-based real time virtual visits to online consultations, the Center is providing patients with non-traditional access to specialty care.