The farthest first. How is health care changing in the digital age?
Technology is changing global health care for healthcare workers and patients around the world.
We need only look at patient records digital clinical doctors how to simplify life, make record real-time patient data, to find personal health trends and patterns as well as the research history of patients become more simple. This provides faster, more accurate diagnoses for doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals, and ultimately spends more face-to-face time with patients.
Technology has brought more opportunities for patients to manage their own health, from sending drugs to remind smartphone applications to can help wearable equipment monitoring and prevention of health problems, so as to avoid threats to life.
In the developed world, these digital services and innovative applications are becoming commonplace. About 75 per cent of patients in the UK, Germany and Singapore are expected to use digital services in the future, according to McKinsey’s survey of digital patient health. Patients over the age of 50 want it just as much as their younger counterparts.
In Africa, Central America and much of Asia, Internet access is unattainable for many – the lack of infrastructure and low awareness is the main reason. About 4.3 billion people are offline, of whom 550 million live in five countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania. This means that in the developed countries, information and communication technology infrastructure and electronic health care solution is taken for granted in developed countries, while in developing countries, weak community and the most disadvantaged families affected by the largest.
This is a challenge that must be addressed if we are to get people everywhere to benefit from digital health investments.
To reach the most vulnerable, to really change their environment, requires a major change in thinking. This is not a company or organization can be done in isolation, but need more innovation cooperation between stakeholders, all of which is to solve the problem and provide a key part of the solution.
This shift in thinking is one aspect of the overall concept known as the farthest first. In short, this means that you will learn more by engaging and solving the challenges of the people most in need. All this learning can be used to reach other populations at a faster pace and scale.
This approach is in place and it is working. Bt, for example, ngos SOS, the local government, investors and the cooperation between health care experts for 13 African countries in the remote village to bring the satellite service, enables the digital health information service in these areas to benefit from better medical services.
According to the United Nations, sub-saharan Africa has the lowest Internet access rate, with Internet access less than 2 percent of the population of guinea, somalia, Burundi and eritrea. The Internet enables SOS medical centers to simplify and streamline clinical procedures, from computerized invoices and electronic prescriptions to improved pharmacy inventory controls.
What does this mean for health outcomes?
With better patient records, digital solutions and authorized patients will health care solutions in our own hands, can take different approaches to deal with the vulnerable communities in infectious disease and other life-threatening diseases. For example, more than 50% of patients in SOS Kenya clinic are receiving some form of AIDS medication. Reminding them to collect repeated prescriptions is a challenge, but the new digital system allows doctors and pharmacists to remind patients when to use them. It also enables the medical center to better manage their inventory and reduce failures in the lab because the test results are loaded onto the computer, rather than being shipped with a note.
Modern medical system to encourage non-governmental organizations, healthcare providers and experts and build more and better work close relation between patients, through this relationship can be faster, faster to share best practices and health information.
This is just one example of how ICT can improve people’s lives around the world – but it’s one of them. The challenges are still complex and huge, but we have to hope that everyone around the world can get a digital medical solution. To this end, we need to change our attitude, cooperative innovation alliance with multiple stakeholders, looking for solutions for global health challenges, and finally make use of our experience change electronic health care to be all things to all people.