We often hear about the digitization of the healthcare industry with suggestions that the web, mobile devices, big data, and cloud computing can fundamentally change outcomes for patients. While it seems totally logical that this is the case, an industry as careful as the healthcare sector needs empirical evidence before accepting a hypothesis outright. Which is why a survey that IMS Health undertook on behalf of Medisafe is an important read.
Medisafe offers a mobile application that fills the role of being a “virtual pillbox.” There is a space with many different solutions, from traditional paper-based reminder systems to applications and on to fully integrated devices like one I covered awhile ago, this space has a bunch of people all striving to ensure patients take their medications correctly. But who’s to say that these reminder systems actually work? And what do clinicians see in terms of bottom-line outcomes from these systems?