Co-production of Health enabled by next generation personal health systems

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2012:177:52-8.


This paper describes the theoretical principles for the establishment of a parallel and complementary modality of healthcare delivery - named Coproduction of Health (CpH). This service-model activates digital data, information, and knowledge about health, healthy choices, and the individuals' health-state and computes through personalized models context-aware communication and advice. "Lightweight technologies" (smartphones, tablets, application stores) would serve as the technology close to the end-users (citizens, patients, clients, customers), connecting them with "big data" in conventionally and non-conventionally organized data repositories. The CpH modality aims at providing synergies between professional healthcare, selfcare, informal care and provides data-fusion from several sources such as health characteristics of consumer goods, from sensors, actuators, and health related data-repositories, and turns this into "health added value" for the individual. A theoretical business model respecting healthcare values, ethics, and legal foundation is also sketched out.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Forecasting*
  • Internet*
  • Precision Medicine / methods*
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*