Current Health Care Providers (Medical Practitioners, Insurance, Pharmacies) have disjointed proprietary systems. This makes data sharing and collaboration very difficult. Further consumers (Patients) have no abilities to interact directly with these systems. This paper discusses an eco system for patient medication and health monitoring named PMHMS (Patient Medication and Health Monitoring System). PMHMS proposes global and ongoing collaboration of data between the patient, various Medical Practitioners and pharmacies. Existence of this eco system helps enable some of the following scenarios - Medical Practitioners can view the patients current medication (from other Medical Practitioners as well) to ensure current prescription will not conflict with other medication - Medical Practitioner’s office can monitor if chronic patient is skipping medication (e.g.: no refills ordered). Medical Practitioner’s office can also monitor patients stats (patient uses PC to upload say blood sugar levels, or blood pressure etc) - Pharmacies will be able to automatically send refills to the patients - Patients can get a quick offsite consultation from the Medical Practitioner’s office (using video conferencing to show some visual symptoms as needed by the Medical Practitioner) - Patients get Automated Dosage Reminders
Key Terms in this Chapter
IHE: Integrating Health Care Enterprise.
PMHMS: Patient Medication and Health Monitoring System.
CPR: Central Patient Repository.
Ecosystem: An existing infrastructure of automated systems.
DICOM: Digital Imaging and Communications is Medicine.
HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Medical Practitioner: Could be a general physician, chiropractor, dentist, specialist, surgeon, etc.
HL7: Health Level 7.