How Technology Is Helping Patients Be Heard

While tests and physical metrics are vital, Patient-Reported Data (PRD) provides the indispensable context that makes patient-centred care possible. Unfortunately, the traditional methods for collecting PRD are notoriously unreliable and inefficient. “We need to start utilizing innovation and design to bring the traditional clinical encounter out of the dark ages,” says Sandy Penn Whitehouse, a pediatrician with 25 years of health care experience, and co-founder of Tickit Health, a digital platform for PRD collection. The wide-ranging benefits of this technology can be a boon to overworked health care professionals, helping them ensure that care is effective, efficient, compassionate, and always patient-centred. Making patient data digital can help improve diagnosis and can identify key areas for additional health care funding while saving on cost in the process.