Making digital health a reality depends on alliances between innovators in medical and consumer technology — and clinicians like you. That's why Medtronic and Samsung are joining forces to explore what's possible — and why we’re excited to share what you and your peers have to say about this transformative moment.
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See what your peers want to know about digital health — and find out how these innovations could transform your practice.
Q: How will digital health solutions maintain data security?
A: Medtronic customers can take comfort knowing that the InterStim smart programmer is protected by Samsung’s Knox platform. Knox is a multi-layered platform built into the hardware and software of Samsung's latest devices to provide verification of the integrity of the device through a chain of security checks. Considered the most secure Android platform by leading cybersecurity analysts, this built-in security system not only meets the requirements of our healthcare industry, it is also certified for use by many of the US and international government agencies.1
Q: What data capture capabilities will digital health solutions have?
A: The InterStim smart programmer reports a variety of data. Easy access to a detailed, accurate view of the patient’s therapy experience helps facilitate constructive conversations. Reports include program, amplitude, and power settings/changes by date and time. Clinicians can access this information directly on the programmer or by downloading to a computer.
Q: How will digital health improve the patient experience?
A: Patients are living in a connected world, and many are ready to include digital technology in their healthcare experience.2 Already, digital health tools help contribute to better-informed patients who are more involved in their health care decisions. Looking forward, there is an opportunity for digital tools to help promote continuous dialogue between patients and physicians and produce data designed to help patients do a better job of caring for themselves.
Q: Will patients be willing to share health data with clinicians via technology?
A: Yes. Recent research3 shows that 90% of patients are willing to share health device data with their doctor, and 88% are willing to share this data with nurses and other clinicians in the practice.
Q: What are the implications for our healthcare system?
A: Many digital health innovations aim to improve patient experiences. According to one analyst, health insurance companies are realizing that digital health solutions could improve success rates for treatments and reduce readmissions.4
Q: How important is technology when it comes to patients managing their health?
A: Patients say technology matters a lot. In fact, 75% patients in a recent survey3 said that technology was either “very important” (36%) or “somewhat important” (39%) to managing their health.
Q: Which technologies do patients actually use to manage their health?
A: Nearly half of patients (46%) report using a mobile device such as a phone or tablet to manage their health within the last year, according to a recent survey.3 This number has increased 10 points (from 36%) since 2016, clearly demonstrating how this trend is growing.
Q: How will digital health benefit physicians and other clinicians?
A: Digital health has the potential to deliver significant benefits for clinicians. Most physicians (67%) believe that apps that record health and fitness data contribute to better outcomes, and 64% believe that digital technologies can reduce physician and nurse workload.2
Samsung Knox. Knox Platform. Available at: https://www.samsungknox.com/en/knox-platform. Accessed November 1, 2018.
EY. Future of Health Survey. Available at: www.ey.com/us/en/industries/health/ey-future-of-health-survey. Accessed September 25, 2018.
Accenture Consulting. 2018 Consumer Survey on Digital Health (US Results). Available at: https://www.accenture.com/t20180306T103559Z__w__/us-en/_acnmedia/PDF-71/accenture-health-2018-consumer-survey-digital-health.pdf. Accessed August 28, 2018.
Goyal N. Forbes. Four Trends In Digital Health To Keep an Eye On in 2018. Available at: www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/09/29/4-trends-in-digital-health-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2018/#4aad880864ac. Accessed September 26, 2018.