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By various statistics and studies done on medication errors, it has been shown that annually 440,000 die due to these errors (About intelligent medicine, 2014). These deaths could have been obviously avoided if the correct medication was given or taken by the patent. Of the 440,000 deaths, only 98,000 of those occur in the hospital, which means the rest are happening elsewhere (Institute of Medicine, 2000). This suggests that many deaths can be blamed on patient-error.
Intelligent medicine is a treatment application that is digitally based and can be used for better patient screenings that have higher accuracy. It can also lower costs, and provide fewer medication errors by delivering patient care that the patient can easily adhere to, track, and control.
Intelligent medicine can also include computer-based programs used by patients. Some examples could include PHR type systems like health apps or Apple watches. Many companies are seeing the advances in intelligent medicine within the healthcare industry and are adapting to peoples want to be more involved in their health. The main goal of digital health is to offer a health care that is effective, low in cost, and easily delivered. By using a mobile phone or tablet, many things can be recorded and analyzed at the touch of a button. Not only can intelligent medicine increase patient care, but also it could save lives (Bishop, 2014).
The constant improvements and advancements in health information technology allows for greater use of intelligent medicine. A few years ago, the Food and Drug Administration gave approval for the commercial use of digital sensors as a remote patient monitoring treatment (medscape.com). These sensors are easily digestible and read internal physiological reactions to medication and help physicians examine the reactions to the prescribed medicine or if there is physiological unresponsiveness during the treatment (Godbehere & Wareing, 2014).
One company that uses intelligent medicine, as its foundation that is worth mentioning is Intelligent Medical Objects (Terminology for Healthcare Solutions, 2015), which is one of the most preferred and most widely used by clinicians. It is a terminology system that is used in electronic health records by developing, managing, and licensing medical vocabularies. IMO aid in achieving meaningful use for organizations, and hopes to increase physician satisfaction with EHR systems and point-of-care applications (Intelligent Medical Objects, 2015). Ideally, IMO will use intelligent medicine techniques to create an EHR system that will be patient-centered, ever evolving with up to date information, and evidence-based. Medical terminology is at the core of all of this and is essential to having successful use of intelligent medicine (Terminology for Healthcare Solutions, 2015).
Most importantly, intelligent medicine is about saving lives. A key way of doing this is digitally tracking diseases and monitoring things like blood pressure or blood sugar levels. We have reached a point now where the patient can track these things on a phone or tablet and as they get synced, it goes to their physician’s database as well. Some companies that offer health-apps already are Samsung and Apple. They allow you to do so much, including things like tracking cholesterol levels and running distance calculations. Intelligent medicine even has the chance to offer non-drug solutions which can be cheaper and maybe more preferable by the patient. An example of this is an app called Sleepio, which helps people sleep without sleeping pills and offers cognitive behavioral therapy all through the app (Bishop, 2014). The future holds endless opportunities for intelligent medicine and it will be great to see what it is capable of.
Smart Medicine, Digital Medicine, Intelligent Medical Objects, PHRs, computerized medicine, medical terminology, intelligent medial records
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