Symptoms has developed a digital patient-centred system for registering, compiling, and visualizing symptoms, functions and quality of life, and sharing those data with health care providers, in order to drive value-based, person-centred and equal healthcare.
Symptoms allows patients to chart all of their symptoms, functions and quality of life using scientifically validated health questionnaires, as well as charting of symptoms using a three-dimensional manikin. Symptoms presents the patient’s data to healthcare professionals in a way that improves understanding of the patient’s health priorities, thereby facilitating patient-centred care and shared decision-making.
Overall, evidence suggests that up to one-fifth of health spending does not create value for the patient. With over 9% of GDP spent on health care systems across the OECD, such waste undermines the financial sustainability of our health systems, and more importantly, does not lead to better health for the patients.
Almost half the population has a chronic disease, and many have two or more chronic conditions. The chronic conditions are responsible for a major part of the health care costs (in Sweden, 80-85%). We do not focus on diagnoses, but instead on symptoms, functions and quality of life. The important goal is to support patients to communicate their health in a better way. The patient should not have to use a different system for their diabetes, COPD or Depression, and try to think if e.g. their fatigue is due to one of these conditions. We need to support patients to communicate their symptoms in a better way, and give healthcare the resources to understand and help the patient.
In our model, the patient owns their data, and has the opportunity to share that data with different care providers, researchers, life-science companies and quality registers, through this the same data can be useful in many different areas.
Symptoms Europe AB has performed market analyses, and now have four business areas and targets: Intelligence (for academia, life science, quality registries, health care payers); Clinic (hospital clinics or health centers can provide the service to all their patients, and have the possibility to follow the group of patients); Care (for healthcare providers – improving the individual meeting with the patient) and Diary (to support and empower the patient).
We are are a multidisciplinary and multi-professional team, with doctors, health professionals, programmers, linguists and business advisors. We have extensive experience and high competence in evidence-based medicine. Compared to many other IT companies in this sector, we come from healthcare and have seen the problems.