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Personal Health & Health Information Technology Intel advocates policies that stimulate proactive healthcare models that use technology to anticipate, pre-empt and manage health status changes and risks – at the same time that it works to improve quality of life and quality of care.

Personal Health and Health Information Technology: Paper

Rapidly aging populations, chronic diseases, citizens’ demands on healthcare quality, a shrinking workforce, rising costs, and threats of pandemic contagion underscore the need to modernize our healthcare systems worldwide.

Two factors impacting Europe’s healthcare landscape are the growth of the over-60 population and the spike in chronic diseases. Current trends show that in Europe the number of people aged from 65 will rise by 44% between 2010 and 2030, and nearly 80% by 2060. The ageing of the population will result in a dramatic increase in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, respiratory disease and musculoskeletal problems and these already cause 77% of the disease burden in Europe.

The convergence of medical and consumer electronic technologies offers new possibilities for early detection of chronic disease and helping patients receive care through personal, adaptive home health systems.

Moving Care to Home: An Imperative
While the bulk of healthcare today is delivered in hospitals and clinics, today’s acute care-centered system is unsustainable in the future. With the increasing demand for services by individuals with chronic conditions and the elderly, we need to move away from the institutional care delivery paradigm toward a patient centric model where delivery and funding are channeled via care teams with a community approach towards care.

Technologies, such as Telehealth and Telemedicine, use computerized technology and secure Internet-based connectivity to allow patients to communicate their vital signs and health status on a daily basis to their care provider without the need for an office or home visit. The data enable clinicians to detect early deterioration in illness and actively intervene before emergency room utilization or hospitalization is needed, thereby pre-empting unnecessary costs and improving patient care.

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