Person-centric system’s benefits and risks for individuals part 2
In this chapter we define main benefits of PHR user can get. PHR contains data about healthy period of life. That can be number of steps walked per day or pulse measurement from your mobile phone, or even continuous blood pressure measurements performed on a regular basis. For example, Quanttus start-up proposes the revolutionary technology for continuous monitoring of it — http://www.mobihealthnews.com/42156/quanttus-why-continuous-blood-pressure-monitoring-is-a-game-changer. Innovative ways of monitoring personal medical data can change the way the healthcare system used to be. Usually people attend hospitals when they already have health problems and they need a cure. Only some people do profilatics visits. Using innovation in personal devices gives people an ability to monitor their health status at home and see if there are significant changes happening.
PHR contains additional context information that makes the whole health picture more complete. That can be your lifestyle notes such as alcohol or food consumption. The context is very important in further data interpretation. It helps to setup the chain consisting of activities and consequences. For example, if you have high blood pressure and before you did some sports then there is nothing to worry about, but if there were no related activities then you need to visit a doctor.
Benefits of PHR bring also new risks that we are going to describe in the next chapter. To be continued…