ACCELERATING THE TRANSFORMATION TO PREDICTIVE CARE
For most patients, the process of reaching a diagnosis is familiar and predictable. You meet with your physician, undergo a battery of tests at the doctor’s office, work toward an interpretation of your symptoms and plan for care.
But what if it didn’t work that way? What if, instead of following a reactive approach to treatment, doctors had access to digital healthcare technology that could help identify early warning signs using data captured from genomic analysis, advanced imaging or a wearable device—and then, rather than treating an existing illness or condition, devise a plan to help prevent it instead? And what if wearable technologies could identify and alert people to indicators of viral infection before symptoms develop?
“We’re using the digital concept to keep people out of the hospital and treat diseases sooner in the process using interventions based on remote patient monitoring,” says Dr. Curtis Lowery, director of the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. “Now we’re able to treat people in their home, with data flowing in from an electronic scale, a blood pressure monitor or even a pulse oximeter.” In the midst of a global pandemic, the ability to assess data and treat patients virtually has benefits beyond convenience and cost savings. Now virtual treatment is an added safety measure that can literally save lives.
“We're using the digital concept to keep people out of the hospital and treat diseases sooner in the process using interventions based on remote patient monitoring.”
Director of the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
A CALL FOR CARE
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 in 10 Americans live with a chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. These illnesses are among the leading causes of death in the United States and, along with mental health, comprise 90% of the country’s $3.5 trillion annual healthcare expenditures. Add an aging population and a projected shortage of registered nurses into the mix, and you begin to understand the urgency around the adoption of new digital health solutions.
“There’s a very serious challenge for the finances of the healthcare system, and it will ultimately result in poor patient care unless we can intervene and transform it to be more patient-centered,” says Martin Cotter, senior vice president of sales and digital marketing at Analog Devices. “That means driving efficiency for all the different partners of the ecosystem, whether it’s the physician, provider, payer or patient.”
“Care is rapidly moving out of hospitals and toward the home, creating the need for a new generation of clinical-grade technology products that are smaller, easier to use and lower cost. The rate of this fundamental change is accelerating due to the pandemic and we are prioritizing our r&d investments to be able to meet this new demand.”
Senior Vice President of Digital Healthcare | Analog Devices
THE PICTURE OF HEALTH
Converting an analog signal can save thousands of dollars in chemical processing costs and can result in a clearer, lower-noise image.
Precision sensors and digital processors improve image quality and reduce scan times, exposing patients to less radiation.
Analog-to-digital converters with higher resolutions and data rates are paving the way toward 3D imaging while bringing down the cost of machines.
“I’m seeing an appetite among practitioners for digital technology that helps manage the cost of healthcare, to be able to reduce the amount of time that people are ill or cure something before it becomes a problem. My sense is that we’re in for decades of potentially very explosive growth in the healthcare sector, both at the large machine diagnostics level and at the everyday, human level.”
President and CEO | Analog Devices