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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

SOA Fuels the Digital Self-Care Revolution

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In recent years, there has been a strong movement to people taking their healthcare into their own hands -- making informed decisions to meet their own requirements versus relying solely on physicians, and making proactive lifestyle choices to prevent or reduce the severity of disease.

With the advent of technology, this self-care revolution is taking on an added dimension -- and service-oriented architecture practices helping to pave the way. One city in Finland is showing the way.

According to a new report, a new digital health service for citizens of Espoo "shows that it can significantly reduce workload for doctors while at the same time involving patients far more actively into the care process." Through technology, patients easy access to both their data and to their doctors and nurses, who comprise "digital care teams."

The Digital Self Care application, offered by Tieto, is based on the vendor's Microsoft-based information system for care institutions and hospitals in Finland. According to the report, the front-end applications accessed by Espoo's residents make service calls to the clinical system via a service-oriented architecture.

Future enhancements to the system include providing the ability for patients to upload data into the system, such as vital parameters or questionnaire data. Also, decision support tools will be added.

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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