More than ever, multidisciplinary care teams are struggling to connect and keep track of all relevant information pertaining to their patients – from a variety of subspecialty reports to information about patients’ current condition, demographic data, and health history. Deciding on the right therapy is equally complex, especially in areas like oncology where physicians and patients may face a bewildering number of choices.
Enter integrated diagnostics: a rapidly evolving field where organizations have smart, connected systems in place that give them comprehensive and actionable insights into their patient populations by uniting imaging, monitoring, laboratory, genomics and longitudinal data. Multidisciplinary tumor boards are a great example of this healthcare technology trend. With integrated diagnostics solutions, care teams can now deliver comprehensive, patient-centric cancer care, uniting patient data from disparate sources in dashboards, thus facilitating collaborative diagnostics, treatment and follow-up decisions.
But this doesn’t mean that decision-making in oncology will be fully automated in future. In fact, the goal of this healthcare technology trend is much less about replacing humans with automation, and more about supporting care teams with relevant, evidence-based guidance to inform shared decision-making with the patient, ensuring they make the choices that allow them to enjoy the best possible quality of life, close to their loved ones, for as long as possible.
We see the same approach being taken in cardiology, where integrated diagnostics solutions, enhanced by smart algorithms and predictive analytics, are helping cardiology care teams to make faster clinical decisions by delivering relevant, actionable insights that help optimize patient care.