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Idea Combine goal oriented care & new technologies to make care more patient centered & humane

By Basit Chaudhry | 12 Dec, 2014

Idea submitted by: Basit Chaudhry

Innovations in technology are often become breakthroughs when combined with innovations in service delivery. Conversely-radical innovations in services often depend on new technologies. Goal oriented care offers a promising approach to create this needed synergy in healthcare.

Goal oriented care is a model where patients & clinicians work together to focus on the individual health objectives a patient chooses across dimensions of health (e.g. quality of life, symptoms, mobility). Because it bridges across individual diseases, it’s a particularly important model for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Goal oriented care could facilitate significant innovation in how technologies are designed & used. Because patients define the objectives for care, the data generated will be more appropriate & meaningful to individuals. The cognitive burden to sort through noisy streams of health data can be reduced dramatically.

At the same time, innovations in technology & design are required to enable goal oriented care to become a reality. New information flows, human factors, data visualizations, decision support, etc. are needed.

Breakthroughs in patient engagement will often require the best of both worlds – combining innovation in health services & technologies. Goal oriented care is a model whose time has hopefully arrived.

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Kedar Mate Keynote Speaker Replied at 11:45 AM, 17 Dec 2014

Dear Basit, Really nice idea and I think you are right that technology innovation combined with innovations in how to deliver those technologies is vital. We've seen many examples of technology development (new drugs, diagnostics, devices, etc) that have been inadequately spread and thus don't have the impact that we might like to see due to inadequate innovation and improvements to service delivery design.

Goal oriented care makes sense and I'd be eager to hear from you and others about examples of this being applied in healthcare delivery systems. Some specific examples might be useful to learn more about. The idea of patient goal setting makes good sense and the notion of patient-reported outcome measures continues to gain traction and for good reason. I'd be interested to understand better how you think that these goals could lead to more parsimonious and stream-lined data collection as you suggest here. Are there good examples of this playing out that you are familiar with?

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