BYOD Executive Summary

bant-app1BYOD (Bring Your Own Doctor) will explore the impact of ‘Personal Clouds’ on E-Healthcare, and the potential for this ongoing trend of the ‘Consumerization’ of IT for helping tackle big industry issues.

Faced with growing resource scarcity challenges in particular the baby boomer retirement ticking bomb, Canadian Healthcare has the opportunity to pioneer world-class innovations in Healthcare to address these issues simply by harnessing what it already occurring. The proliferation of smartphones combined with the ubiquity of social networks like Facebook and Linkedin means that individuals themselves have never been better equipped and able to use technology for sharing information.

BYOD will explore how these new trends and tools can be used today in Canadian Healthcare through the lens of the ideas of Eric Topol, a famous author in this field via books such as the Creative Destruction of Medicine. He describes the exploding use of smartphones for everything “Personal Cloud” in nature, i.e. ‘All information about me, on my device of choice’.

Example applications of these ‘Personal Cloud EMRs’ includes ZenVault, and other similar earlier work includes the Microsoft Healthvault service, and this presentation summarizes the key features and technical architectures of how the service is achieved.

The more personal control of personal data is as inevitable as it sounds, and when occurring hand in hand with the equally inevitable progress of online Identity systems, will see the approach also become far more streamlined and technically superior to traditional ‘offline’ approaches. Via open standards like OAuth and REST, the Cloud is becoming a smoothly integrated data sharing environment in a manner that internal corporate IT has always struggled to achieve.

When E-Health is discussed it’s often with the conclusion that a big part of the challenge is having GP’s use record systems. They’re simply too busy treating patients to be concerned with the administrative record-keeping of it and also they’re adverse to new tools.

BYOD addresses this quite fundamentally, by simply empowering the user to do it for themselves. Who better and more motivated to keep their personal data up to date?

Instead GPs can be provided access to online tools that help them too – Google Apps for email for example to submit updates to the record via email, or social networks to help build online support communities for patient groups, among just a few of an infinite range of new and novel applications of the Cloud.

In short and in conclusion, the big part of the E-Healthcare challenge isn’t whether a GP can use a shiny new EMR but whether patients have access to GPs at all, and what they can do about it if they don’t. BYOD offers one shining light simply through more user empowerment and engagement and harnessing of market forces.

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