Improving Stroke Outcomes: A new era of digital therapeutics could help prioritize the patient, reduce stroke risks, improve awareness, and innovate with better home recovery and rehabilitation options.
One example of this innovation was revealed earlier today when it was announced Pfizer, Fitbit, and Bristol-Myers Squibb will be working on a project together for atrial fibrillation—
“The Bristol-Myers Squibb-Pfizer Alliance and Fitbit today announced at the TIME 100 Health Summit in New York that they are working together to help drive timely diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AFib) with the aim of improving earlier detection in individuals at increased risk of stroke.”Read the full Pfizer press release here
Wearable devices like Fitbit and the Apple Watch have been growing in popularity as a way to improve health outcomes. As these digital tools become clinically validated and formally regulated to treat specific conditions like stroke, these new treatments could be prescribed by doctors, reimbursed by insurance, and be used as a way for patients to get better outcomes or even better still, prevent chronic diseases.
I’m excited by the potential and tired quite honestly of the predictable less than extraordinary outcomes offered through current systems of care delivery and patient engagement.