The HealthScope project aims to examine the concept of Patient-Generated Health Data by wearables, to test the above-mentioned technical and organizational processes, in the context of an innovative care urban aging/neighborhood management approach (Digital Urban Centers for Aging & Health (DUCAH)) in association with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. In addition, HealthScope also intends to investigate the economic impact of deeper patient empowerment and literacy and self-perception of health in the healthcare system.
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Vitals data of a person collected continuously, especially in advanced age, could have an important impact in the context of clinical diagnostics, but to make this data relevant for clinical purposes specific barriers must be overcome. In this regard, to ensure data transfer recorded by the patient into hospital’s information systems, it must be processed taking into consideration quality standards and semantics required by healthcare institutions. Current information technology standards (e.g. FHIR, SNOMED, LOINC, etc.) used in clinical documentation and information systems already offer a formal-technical framework, which, however, must be operationalized by organizational processes in the clinical workflow.
Innovations and perspectives
HealthScope should identify options for integrative alternatives for data collection and its use, which have been so far available mainly as isolated solutions. Apart from the analysis of the technical aspects of data integration, the project aims to determine the potential of this technology in terms of quality of care and economics, taking into consideration the patient's well-being while aging.