If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll likely have noticed that we often refer to the potential of data analytics and data-driven...
How to advocate for change and empower patients this World Patient Safety Day
In honour of World Patient Safety Day, we explored ways in which tech-based approaches to treatment are putting the patient back into the center of healthcare.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll be familiar with the impact data analytics has on the clinical trial process and drug development – but what about the patients themselves? In honour of World Patient Safety Day, we’ll explore the ways in which tech-based approaches to treatment are putting the patient back into the center of healthcare.
It goes without saying that many physicians and other healthcare providers are working in a fast-paced environment, often having to make big decisions in time-sensitive scenarios. For some patients, a wrong decision made in a high-pressure situation will be nothing more than an annoyance, but for many others, the consequences of their doctor or pharmacist making the wrong move could derail their treatment plan or worse.
Fortunately, this is where data analytics steps in. By harnessing the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, predictive analytics models can assess the form of treatment most likely to be successful, removing room for human error when cognitive capacity is strained. Existing research suggests that – to put it bluntly – when healthcare providers aren’t working to the best of their cognitive ability due to long working hours and time pressures, their memory is more biased towards information consistent with stereotypes.
Removing the need for the physician or clinician to make these crucial decisions themselves, data analytics helps to reduce the potential for mistakes to be made, avoiding unconscious bias in the process. Mitigating bias in healthcare is key in building a fairer and more equitable system. By filtering certain aspects that have a slight tendency to be liable to human error out of the decision-making process, data analytics is creating a safer environment for everyone involved.
In alignment with the World Health Organization, Temedica supports the objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2022:
RAISE GLOBAL AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR MEDICATION SAFETY
Better understanding your condition means a reduced risk of taking the wrong medication – it's as simple as that.
Incidents of medication errors – defined by the FDA as a “preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm” - occurred in 6.9% of cases in Germany in 2021. These false measures can happen when medication is prescribed incorrectly, is prepared or dispensed improperly, when drug information is entered into a computer system incorrectly, or when a patient doesn’t take a medication the right way. By raising awareness of this issue, patients, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies are better able to ensure safety.
ADVOCATE FOR URGENT ACTION AND ENGAGE KEY STAKEHOLDERS AND PARTNERS TO PREVENT ERRORS
We should be advocating the use of all relevant information points being considered when it comes to decisions regarding our personal and public health.
The invaluable insights derived from data analytics can close care gaps, recognizing and highlighting disparities using prediction and risk models that, in turn, can be applied in real-world contexts. It’s hugely important to ensure that these analytics models are based on information derived from a wide variety of sources, encompassing different groups to make these data as reliable and transparent as possible.
Nowadays healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical companies can have access to a 360° patient journey, which can support them in ensuring patient safety. Unfortunately, the knowledge of these health insights is still widely an innovative technology which too few know about – which is why we advocate for key stakeholders to digitize aspects of their work.
EMPOWER PATIENTS AND FAMILIES TO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THEIR CARE PLAN
The use of modern technology is not exclusive to healthcare providers, patients and families can now play a vital role in improving patient journeys using innovative tools, such as digital health companions.
No two experiences with chronic illnesses are the same, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that will guarantee success - but patients can and should seize opportunities to take back control of their disease, to monitor their symptoms, and to approach their treatment plan from a data-driven perspective that can support research and development in treatment plans. By actively involving ourselves every step of the way - and by using safe practices and tracking outcomes - we can feel reassurance and confidence that together we can obtain better patient safety and improve the landscape of care overall.
Temedica empowers patients in their day-to-day lives via custom built app solutions for chronic diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Psoriasis. We support life science clients across the fields of R&D, medical, market access and commercial with access to anonymized, aggregated datasets which deliver actionable insights.
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