A platform is a word that is very vital and important in the world of technology, although those who are not used to the world of technology might not be aware of this. It is a software environment that is being used by programmers and inventors to build smart applications and also produce good inventions. Just as we all know that the place of Health care cannot be over emphasized so what most manufacturers’ especially large technology companies and makers of medical instruments and devices are after is how to find ways to turn biological data from human bodies into the zeros and ones of binary code that are understandable and used by computer systems. The inventions of these people can be grouped into different categories. Technological and social platforms have been so helpful in the health care sector, and the most amazing part is the growth in the aspect of applications, sensors, and wearable devices give information about physical health, location, and activity. They show how social platforms have the ability to transform medicine from being about the place where healthcare is delivered to becoming something joined to and personalized for individuals, wherever they are. A very good example of innovation is Ginger.io, which is an application that was from a laboratory and it uses predictive methods to help and assist people suffering from conditions like depression, dementia praecox and other types of disorder. It takes in information about a person’s movements, communication, and sleeping habits to formulate their behavior. As soon as the application has gotten the necessary permission, the application can then give signals as quick as possible of something going wrong, so a doctor can attend to the situation. Health platforms are big business but the challenge is making the most of the insights and predictions that can be gleaned from medical data while protecting patient privacy. These two systems which can be used in a platform. This is either the open system or the closed system. The system to be used on the platform is determined by the level of control the owners exercise over what is done on their platform. For instance, the closed system, which is favored by Apple for its mobile products, has the benefit of offering potentially greater security and quality control, while the open system, associated with Google’s Android operating system, give a freer hand to innovation.
Health platforms are big business but the problem is making the most of the perceptions and predictions that can be learned from medical information having at the back of our minds that patient privacy must be protected.
Eric Dishman, general manager of the health and life sciences group at Intel, the global chip company, says that patients and companies will “need to choose to whom and where the data goes — it ends up being an enormous design challenge”.
Ms. Siddall says, “By contextualizing health data as part of a person’s broader life patterns, there is an opportunity for companies and medical providers to intervene before people become ill”.
She is also hopeful that technology can help with the problem of a large proportion of healthcare budgets being consumed with end-of-life care. It could do this by enabling people to see changes to their health as part of broader life transitions.
“Ageing, getting older and death have a 100 per cent market penetration,” says Ms Siddall. “But many of the problems with the healthcare system come from the fact it’s treating the body and not the mind.”
An example of a social platform that has really helped those who look after people suffering from one illness or the other (carers) is Joint. Jointly is an application that was designed to support carers. It was developed by the charity Carers UK. It enables the careers staff to create an environment within which they can share information with other people who are looking for someone who is ill, through to-do lists, messaging and calendar alerts. Due to the increase in the population of people who are aging globally, the need for carers is on the increase lately.