Integrating digital health technology with direct clinical contact would help deliver comprehensive, patient-centric care.

In this webinar, Professor Penelope Schofield presented a review of the current landscape of digital health in Australia and discussed how electronic medical records (EMRs) can be further developed into a personalised, integrated health care system.

This webinar was based on research conducted by Professor Schofield and her colleagues Professor Tim Shaw and Dr Michaela Pascoe. Their work aims to reconceptualise the provision of health care to produce better outcomes at no greater cost, by placing individuals in the position of authority to direct their own care, in a personalised, integrated health care system – an approach the researchers have termed the Bespoke Health Care System.

The research found that some components of an EMR and digital health system are already being used in Australia, but the systems are not linked. A personalised, integrated health care model that is responsive to consumer needs requires not just a passive repository of medical information, but a team approach, including government, health care funders, industries, consumers and advocacy groups, health care professionals, community groups, and universities.

Implementation of a personalised, integrated health care system could result in reduced pressure on the current health care system and provide the delivery of best-practice health care, regardless of location. Importantly, a personalised, integrated health care system could serve as an education platform, ‘upskilling’ not only clinicians but also, more importantly, patients and carers by providing them with accurate information about their condition, treatment options, medications, and management strategies.

Resource: Schofield P, Shaw T, Pascoe M. Toward Comprehensive Patient-Centric Care by Integrating Digital Health Technology With Direct Clinical Contact in Australia. J Med Internet Res 2019;21(6):e12382. DOI: 10.2196/12382

Watch the webinar recording.