“In the Basque region, where we first developed a DHR in 2010, we’re not seeing enough patients get the full benefits from the DHR at the moment. Only about 30% of patients are using it, so it needs to be more personalized in order for patients to become active and self-managed. The DHR should be the patient’s day-to-day source of healthcare information.
“The trend towards patient empowerment is important because tracking data can mean that they’re taken more seriously by healthcare professionals. If a patient tracks his or her sleep or pain regularly, for example, then they can bring that information to their appointment and have an intelligent conversation with their physician, rather than simply coming in and saying that they’re having trouble sleeping or are in pain.
“In most countries, the trend is to move to population health, where a team proactively and preventatively addresses the health needs of a population in a region. By using personalized tracking information, they can stratify and help specific vulnerable groups. In this sense, these approaches reinforce equity.”