I recently joined the grantees of Project HealthDesign at the Vanderbilt University Center for Better Health in Nashville for a two day user-centered design workshop. Their innovative projects focus on identifying and integrating patient’s observations of daily living (ODLs) into everyday clinical care. I am very excited about the challenges these new projects raise, and look to our grantees to provide the evidence that ODLs can become part of an active feedback loop that can provide clues into how we improve care and manage disease.
These projects benefit from and build on the previous projects that focused on defining a common platform that could allow a patient to become an active participant in her own care and wellness. What our grantees showed us was that technology designed around a common platform and with the patient in mind can open doors to new models of care and health. In the process, we move from data to knowledge and from episodic to continuous care, with the patient as a partner and not just an interested party. In 2010, Project HealthDesign will continue to focus on transforming a personal health record from a repository of health information to a place where interactive applications can assist the consumer in managing all aspects of their care. Personal Health Records have come along way in a short time, but we believe that this is only the beginning.
As Project HealthDesign gets ready to announce the grantees, we would love to hear what ODLs you think are important to capture from patients. Add to our ODLs brainstorm