Serving An Aging (and Growing) Population
By Amber Hartley
According to the United Nations, between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 56 percent, from 901 million to 1.4 billion. Older adults often have complex health needs, large care teams with multiple specialist providers, above-average hospitalization rates, and family or paid caregivers who manage some or all of their care.
The BurstIQ platform can meet the needs of older adults in a number of ways. Some are directly related to medical care; others enhance each person’s quality of life.
BETWEEN 2015 AND 2030, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AGED 60 YEARS OR OVER IS PROJECTED TO GROW BY 56 PERCENT.
Chronic Disease Management
For care teams to effectively manage the needs of individuals with chronic conditions, coordination is imperative. Not just coordination of communications, but of data and services.
At a basic level, the platform’s LifeGraphTM allows care teams to see a comprehensive health profile of the patient, including not just medical data, but IoT and remote monitoring data, exercise and nutrition data, behavioral health data and even social data. This significantly improves decision-making and care coordination for all medical, therapeutic and custodial care providers in the team.
In addition, the BiQ Ecosystem allows care providers and insurers to provide individualized therapeutic services and other benefits, both on an ongoing basis and in connection with specific events, such as a hospital discharge. These services are often critical to ensuring positive clinical outcomes and preventing readmissions, but ensuring adherence can be a challenge. Using the BiQ HealthWalletTM, care teams can offer incentives to patients for utilization of those services and easily monitor adoption and ongoing engagement.
In current practice, Medical Power of Attorney (PoA) and Living Will documents are often incorporated into EMR systems as an add-on or attached pdf. In some cases, these documents are not integrated at all, leading to confusion and actions that are contrary to the wishes of the person.
Within the BurstIQ platform, Advanced Directives can be incorporated into a person’s LifeGraph and even transformed into Consent Contracts. In the case of a Living Will, the information is presented as part of a person’s LifeGraph in the same way that any other data element is — eliminating the need for care providers to access the information separately from other medical and health data. In the case of a Medical PoA, conditions can be defined within the Consent Contract interface to trigger data sharing in the event that the PoA is activated. For example, a care provider can be listed as an activating agent within the Consent Contract, and if he or she makes the decision to activate the PoA, the person’s data will be shared with their spouse or other healthcare agent, allowing them to make more informed decisions and manage care more effectively.
AS THE NUMBER OF OLDER ADULTS GROWS WORLDWIDE, THE HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE INDUSTRIES HAVE A SIGNIFICANT CLINICAL AND COMMERCIAL INTEREST IN MEETING THEIR NEEDS.
Family and Social Relationships
Regardless of the presence of a PoA, older adults frequently have a family or other unpaid caregiver who helps to facilitate their care. These informal caregivers need access to insurance claims, medical history, IoT and remote monitoring data, and other information about their loved one in order to manage their care. Remote monitoring is especially helpful when the caregiver does not live near their loved one. The BurstIQ platform allows older adults or their designated caregivers to share relevant data with family members or other caregivers who need to access it without exposing other private information. It also allows them to change the permission settings should their caregiver arrangements change.
Lastly, the BurstIQ platform can be used to build social networks to reduce the incidence of depression in older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are at increased risk of developing depression. Reduced mobility, chronic illness and pain, and social isolation can all contribute to the development of depression. The BiQ Ecosystem includes machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities that, when incorporated into social applications, can enable individuals in similar circumstances to connect and create meaningful relationships. This has the potential to decrease the incidence of depression and reduce healthcare costs for older adults.
As the number of older adults grows worldwide, the health and healthcare industries have a significant clinical and commercial interest in meeting their needs — both medical and non-medical. The BurstIQ platform, together with the solution providers who create solutions on the BiQ Ecosystem, is uniquely situated to support both.
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