Health Tech | Health IT to promote self-care, individual responsibility | News

A new and popular wave of technology used in healthcare in the last decade or so is personal remote-care devices such as fitness trackers. This started an increase in the development of wellness apps and more involvement by persons in their health and well-being.

Since then, the healthcare IT industry has grown exponentially, and types of remote-care devices have been on the increase and incorporated into hospital and practice- management systems to create more holistic healthcare, with access from anywhere. This also enabled health professionals and organisations to be able to serve more people, including those who are immobile or can be better monitored through at-home care.

Remote-care devices span a large variety of health categories for which indices can be checked and monitored, including diabetes, heart conditions, blood pressure, mental health, and much more. They are a good way of keeping medical professionals abreast of the progress and constant condition of a patient even when they are not actively consulting.

Most hospital and practice-management systems can incorporate these indices into patients’ electronic medical records so that a history of their condition can easily be seen and used to track their progress, make decisions as to how best they should be treated, and assist them with prevention initiatives.

It is also a good way for people to self-track and make the lifestyle changes required to maintain good health. With the increased adaptation of e-health globally, there has been another push for remote=care devices to be used by individuals, but now also through their healthcare provider to promote individual responsibility, self-care and increased involvement in their ongoing health and well=being.

Self-care with respect to health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “is the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness

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International collaboration – advancing the use of real-world evidence in health technology assessment | Blogs | News

Real-world evidence has the potential to transform current models of evidence generation. It allows us to better substantiate the benefit of a medical intervention outside clinical trials. Data is taken from sources such as electronic health records, medical claims data and disease registries.

Here at NICE, we want to use real-world data to resolve gaps in knowledge. By making better decisions sooner, we will be able to more quickly drive innovation into the hands of health and care professionals to enable best practice.

Over the last year, we’ve made great progress towards this goal. In June 2022, we published our real-world evidence framework. This identifies when such data can be used, and describes how best to plan, conduct and report real-world evidence studies.

The European Health Data and Evidence Network and the GetReal Institute

In October 2022, NICE hosted a half-day virtual workshop: ‘Regulators are formally adopting real-world evidence, when will health technology assessment?’ We hosted the event as part of our work within the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) grant-funded project European Health Data and Evidence Network (EHDEN). We organised it in collaboration with the GetReal Institute of which NICE is a founding member.

IMI EHDEN is establishing a network of healthcare databases in Europe. Each database in the network conforms to the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership Common Data Model (OMOP CDM). This model aims to standardise the format and content of data so that data resources can be queried to answer important questions quickly and efficiently.

The network also supports the aims of the GetReal Institute to facilitate the adoption and implementation of real-world evidence in healthcare decision-making in Europe. This important partnership places NICE at the forefront of global developments in this field.

The workshop

We developed the workshop for a broad audience including health technology

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