RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
eHealthier’s Research & Development division works with health professionals and insurance organisations with a research focus on quality patient centred care; preventive healthcare, and population health management.
Basic Scientific Research
eHealthier’s research to date builds on the findings of Quantum Mechanics, Dissipative Structures, Phase Transitions, Complexity Science and Systems Theory. This includes Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science and Mandelbrot’s fractals in The Geometry of Nature. It is eHealthier’s view that the non-linear dynamics of complexity science form the underlying mechanisms of life and health. eHealthier contends that Health Outcomes or PROMs serve as a proxy measure of these underlying dynamics.
Injured Population Research Trial
eHealthier’s population research unit works specifically with injury insurers and health professionals on pilot projects, gathering group health data based on the ePROMs of selected injured claimants measured over time.
1. New Individual ePROMs
The eHealthier Development Division employs researchers to create a whole new generation of risk factor-specific health outcomes to quantify an individual’s behavioural health; environmental health; skills and attitudes and personal care (or cared for) health status. This is done utilising proven Health Outcomes methodologies.
Because a person’s behaviour (their activities or ‘functioning’ in their community) now creates their health later, this next generation of PROMs measures a person’s likelihood of preventing disability – and his or her capacity for relieving distress, reflected in his/her social support and trust in the availability of appropriate health services known as eHealthier’s Cared-For ePROMs..
eHealthier’s Cared-For ePROM (ePREMs)
2. ePROMs Treatments (ePTs)
To maximise the enormous potential afforded by the clinical use of ePROMs, they should facilitate subsequent corrective action prescribed by doctors and hospitals. Our researchers are currently creating a range of ePROMs Treatments (lifestyle apps) that will enable improvement in individual patient’s health status and reduce unnecessary, inappropriate hospital admissions and ineffective therapeutic procedures.
3. The Care Plan Project
A second project continues to look at ways of incorporating ePROMs for GP management to incorporate into care plans to complement medical prescriptions.