What is connected health?

Definitions of Connected Health are broad and varied...

There is no standard, accepted definition of Connected Health.  In UCD, we prefer to talk about what Connected Health can do and what it means for patients, clinicians and healthcare as a whole:

Connected health is a new model for health management. It puts the correct information in the correct hands at the correct time. It allows patients and clinicians to make better decisions. Decisions that can save lives, save money and ensure a better quality of life during and after treatment.

Connected health is not just about technologies. It’s about connecting people and information within a system – the healthcare system. Technology is vital and exciting – but it is just one part of a picture that includes patient care pathways, business and revenue models, data analytics and more.

Connected health includes terms such as eHealth, Digital Health, mHealth, Telehealth, Telecare, remote care, and assisted living.

Connected health consolidates information from many different spheres of one person’s world to give a more complete picture of their health. This includes biological, genetic, medical, lifestyle and sentiment/mood data.

Connected health puts the patient at the centre of the healthcare system gathering, linking and interpreting information from many different sources to enable informed, patient-centred care decisions.

Connected health allows the clinician to make decisions in a context, to communicate better with patients and to aggregate data to inform practice/system-level decisions.

Connected health creates an environment where patients are treated in the best location, by the best person, using the most relevant and efficient methods. It cuts down on waste and reduces system costs while maintaining or improving patient quality of life.

Connected health solutions allow societies to maintain personalised healthcare in a climate of reducing resources and increasing demand. It enables genuine patient focus in the most efficient way possible.

Connected Health means:

  • Less waiting time in hospitals
  • More care in the patient’s home
  • Swifter and more accurate communications between GPs, hospitals, allied healthcare professionals and others
  • Giving the patient access to and control of their own health information
  • Understanding how lifestyle, genetic and medical factors can impact on each other and therefore the person’s health
  • Evidence-based public health campaigns
  • Maintaining or increasing patient contact in a time of decreasing resources
  • Minimising hospitalisations