Harnessing data to Improve Health
The Irish healthcare sector faces significant challenges. There is an unprecedented level of demand, the cost of treating patients is increasing, and there are ongoing workforce challenges. Many stakeholders are looking to digital solutions to enable health services to successfully mitigate these challenges.
Our ageing population and its associated longer-term, multiple illnesses and higher care costs is driving the need for further and deeper integration of health and social services. This will allow for a ‘joined-up’ holistic approach which will support patients, both inside and outside hospitals.
Technology solutions are helping change how patients are informed about their own needs, and also how they access healthcare. Telemedicine and remote diagnostics are facilitating the move away from institutionally-based services in hospitals, leading to locally-based services in the community.
This improves patient experiences at doctors’ surgeries while making it easier to access help at home.
Technology is also transforming healthcare delivery: from diagnosis being supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to gene profiling enabling personalised medicine.
Furthermore, the data which such developments produce must be ethically handled.
Our expertise in working with the health services – including the NHS in the UK, governments and other key stakeholders – gives us vast insight into healthcare opportunities. We understand how technology can be successfully used within health services to deliver significant IT-enabled changes that make a difference to patient care.
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