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Enhancing critical care with a focus on data

Frank Gulitz, CIO, Mobile Health AG and Roshan Shetty, VP & Head, Life Sciences and Healthcare for EMEA at Infosys, discuss the healthcare transformation triggered by Covid-19, and the changing healthcare ecosystem.

Highlights

  • The cultural change in the in-clinic treatment, as well as out-clinic treatment will take time
  • High-quality standardization of the ecosystem, especially that of data, is crucial for better healthcare
  • There is a need of a collaboration model between needs of the patients, as well as the need on the physicians’ side.

Industries across the board have been jolted into a new reality created by Covid-19. This is especially true for the healthcare sector, which has had to react faster than others. Organizations across the world are working to find solutions not only for Covid-19, but the various critical care needs in the healthcare space.

Roshan Shetty, VP & Head, Life Sciences and Healthcare for EMEA at Infosys, caught up with Frank Gulitz, CIO, Mobile Health AG, to talk about the transformation triggered by the pandemic, the future of healthcare, and their new platform, Consilium Care.

Mobile Health AG was founded in 2014, and works towards minimizing patient and care giver challenges along the cancer patient-journey.

While speaking about pandemic as a trigger, Gulitz praised the Governments’ quick response, and the creation and use of some good applications during the pandemic.

“Government was reacting very fast to using new media, and new applications to track COVID-19,” he says, however adding that the culture of healthcare would take some time to change.

“I think the major issue which we have been facing is that all this good work will be phasing down because the cultural change in the in-clinic treatment, as well as out-clinic treatment will still take some time,” he says.

The CIO of the Switzerland-based Health Tech startup also calls for high-quality standardization of the ecosystem. Especially the standardization of the data, which, according to him, is limited at the moment.

“So, we will have a lot of data where data scientists have to do a lot of work to get this thing done and use it for the future,” he notes.

Going ahead, says Gulitz, Internet of Things (IoT), as well as wearable devices will change how people manage their health, as well as managing their diagnosis and sicknesses. He says that gathering all the data, and getting the right output for physicians, patients, as well as caregivers, would give a better insight into predictions around health and wellness.

“It is tremendously important that we are starting to find really the right standard to exchange the data between each other for the better good of the patient,” says Gulitz.

The platform, Consilium Care, aims to help cancer patients in managing the therapy and the therapy outcomes, in which Infosys is the technology partner.

“(It) is all coming from the area that we recognized that a patient who was going under cancer treatment has a tremendous need to document themselves around how they feel… the symptoms behind it,” says Gulitz, adding that the platform came to be as a result of the need of a collaboration model between needs of the patients, as well as the need on the physician side.

“We came up with the idea that a patient will get an early alert if something from a symptom perspective is looking into an area that doesn't look very well. And (the patient) should see (their) physician earlier than planned,” says Gulitz.

He says that they plan a global rollout for the platform, beginning with the Swiss patients, as well as the clinics to enhance the fitness of the patients.

He also notes that one of the aims is to create the right data, and amounts of data, to start inducting predictive analytics into oncology to optimize treatments against medication, and medication against symptoms.

He suggests that the regulators can play a crucial role here in easing the gathering of non-invasive data, also adding that a patient’s ability to choose who they share their data with, and for what purpose is needed.

“And only then technology can make an impact,” he says adding how data could not only help in making the diagnosis better, but also make the cost for the diagnosis better. All this, keeping the goodness of the patient in mind.

“This discussion, we know it will take a while. But I'm really looking for an ecosystem of disruptive thinkers in the health system which will cooperate with each other,” says Gulitz.

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