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IMPLANTED DEVICES AS A DRIVER OF CO-CREATION OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Populations are ageing, healthcare demands are rising and supply is diminishing. Technology will not solve all the issues this raises, but the emergence of wearable and implanted devices for continuous monitoring, ambient data collection tools such as pedometers, social media records of mood and situation, geo-location devices and many other new technologies, offer an opportunity for the patient to engage directly in the co-creation of their own health and the development of health systems.

Implanted devices offer the potential to collect real-time, personal and contextual data to help patients and clinicians understand the impact of a medication, situation, mood, exercise or other external factors on health.

The key to unlocking that potential, to igniting the engine that will drive real change in healthcare, is the extent to which the data can be shared and re-used.   To ensure that we can use the many new technologies that allow for better data collection in a truly co-creative way, we need to ensure that they can be reliably collected, safely processed, shared, used and reused. While this a huge ask, two key components to addressing it are within our grasp: interoperability of health information systems and health information governance frameworks.