PubMed | Charité - Medical University of Berlin, Star Healthcare Management GmbH, University of Newcastle, Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering and AT4 wireless.
Type: | Journal: Studies in health technology and informatics | Year: 2014
A personal health system platform for the management of patients with chronic liver disease that incorporates a novel approach to integrate decision support and guidance through care pathways for patients and their doctors is presented in this paper. The personal health system incorporates an integrated decision support engine that guides patients and doctors through the management of the disease by issuing tasks and providing recommendations to both the care team and the patient and by controlling the execution of a Care Flow Plan based on the results of tasks and the monitored health status of the patient. This Care Flow Plan represents a formal, business process based model of disease management designed off-line by domain experts on the basis of clinical guidelines, knowledge of care pathways and an organisational model for integrated, patient-centred care. In this way, remote monitoring and treatment are dynamically adapted to the patients actual condition and clinical symptoms and allow flexible delivery of care with close integration of specialists, therapists and care-givers.