How is digital technology transforming healthcare ?, Health News, ET HealthWorld



By Dr Ketan Parikh

Digital technologies are tools, systems, devices and electronic resources that generate, store or process data. Well-known examples include social media, online games, multimedia, and cell phones. Digital learning is any type of learning that uses technology.

Effective and comprehensive health care requires information and specialist skills that are readily available and easily accessible, across the geographic range. The current health care delivery scenario is rid of resource inequalities (human resources and finances). The utopian solution to all health inequities would be to ensure the optimal deployment and use of personnel and infrastructure. This is of course elusive due to the huge cost and significant staff shortage and high cost involved in delivering healthcare. In such a situation, digital can work like a magic wand.

Healthcare is undergoing a clear paradigm shift where technology is no longer an option but an eventuality if healthcare is to be made available to all at an affordable price and at the right time. There must be a universal awareness and acceptance that digitization is not an option but an essential necessity to democratize healthcare

In India, the majority of patients stay in rural areas and have very limited access to specialist medical advice. Access to expert opinion involves the cost of travel and living in large urban centers in addition to the loss of productivity and rural income. These barriers often lead to a lack of timely care, which can further compromise health and drive up costs. In addition, the lack of guidance for specialist care and inadequate auditing / transparency of such decision-making leads to frequent exploitation of patients. Most villagers thus have to come to terms with the limited knowledge of local health professionals. Telemedicine appears to be a solution that can greatly benefit patients if they can access it effectively. The digitization of health care is not an overnight phenomenon and requires a complete ‘reengineering’ of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of health care providers, whether they are doctors, doctors, doctors, doctors or doctors. nurses, technicians or other paramedics. The need is to develop solutions which are easily reproducible not only for health workers, but which can also be used by a large part of the patient population.
PyraMed: an ideal solution to fill gaps in healthcare and make healthcare accessible to all

PyraMed Telemedicine is a robust telemedicine platform that assists patients with their attending physician (from a non-metro), along with video-consultation with a specialist (usually from a metro). The attending physician is able to communicate the details of the patient’s case to the specialist and also assist the specialist with the physical examination of the patient, resulting in better diagnosis, reduced investigations and improved patient performance. quality of care.

Nowadays, digital technology is also enabling many point-of-service devices which are very popular in most urban and semi-urban areas, especially since the use of oximeters in this pandemic. These over-the-counter measuring devices are capable of performing simple tests and evaluations at the most peripheral level. Digital temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation monitors are perhaps the simplest examples, while blood glucose monitors are a close ally. While most of this equipment can be used by anyone, however, a physician is needed to ensure that the results are interpreted judiciously and that the relevant and priority symptoms are those seen by a specialist. Likewise, the random, uncontrolled and ad hoc use of specialized diagnostic services will lead to trivialize the use of these services and also waste resources.

The presence and support of an attending physician also facilitates high adherence and ensures continuity of care. The process adheres to the concept of pyramid health, the model of trust in developed countries by making the family physician the foundation of patient care. An electronic health record generated by a compliant teleconsultation platform can be accessible to both physicians and the patient, improving collaboration and transparency. Telehealth must integrate and not fragment care. Telemedicine is a boon for patients; not just during the Covid pandemic, but it is a “practice” that is here to stay.

By Dr Ketan Parikh is a renowned pediatric surgeon and founder of PyraMed Telemedicine

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