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Introduction:

Since Covid, we experienced changes in our health service that adapted to the new times. Digitalization, ranging from the use of computers and electronic health records to home monitoring of patients, electronic medical devices, and the application of computer aided visualization and decision support systems, has affected and is expected to affect many aspects of health care systems in terms of structure, culture, professions, treatments, and outcomes. This is sometimes referred to as the “Digital Transformation”, which indicates that healthcare services and systems are in a transition in which more health services and processes will be digitalized.

Future:

The vision of the global strategy is to improve health for everyone, everywhere by accelerating the development and adoption of appropriate, accessible, affordable, scalable and sustainable person-centric digital health solutions to prevent, detect and respond to epidemics and pandemics, developing infrastructure and applications that enable countries to use health data to promote health and well-being. The purpose of this global strategy is to strengthen health systems through the application of digital health technologies for consumers, health professionals, health care providers and industry towards empowering patients and achieving the vision of health for all. The strategy is designed to be fit for purpose and for use by all Member States including those with limited access to digital technologies, goods and services.

Social Implications:

Health care will become available to the underprivileged at an affordable cost in any part of the world. Digital technology will make it possible to have home-based health care with real-time expert advice from anywhere in the world. The new innovations in diagnostic wearable devices with sensors along with big data and big data analytics supported by context-aware computing in real time will lead us to global health care and health delivery models and hospitals which will be highly cost-effective. Digital technology can be used for predictive, preventative health care. Digital technology, with the help of big data and data analytics, will be able to provide remote health care.

Benefits:

Shaffer and Craft (2015), in the article “Hype Cycle for Healthcare Provider Applications, Analytics and Systems”, mentioned that with EHRs increasingly in place, the future will be dominated by technologies that enable real-time “intelligent” operations, manage population health, engage and influence patients, and enhance clinicians’ cognitive abilities. A “revolution” has defined the last 10 years of health care IT, the authors says. The benefits of big data are entirely dependent on how the electronic health record system develops and integrates itself into the routines of various hospitals, health care providers, doctors, diagnostic labs, etc. (1).

Moreover, financial benefits are linked to the use of electronic documents. A good drug inventory planning system is important for efficient budgeting, procurement, and cost control of drugs. When quantities of stagnant drugs in the inventory are too much, wastage due to expired and spoiled drugs could occur. This not only causes loss of income but could also jeopardize healthcare service delivery focused on drug use management information systems help to manage information on patients. Moreover, these systems can be used on drugs and their costs to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of drug use policies.

Physiotherapy and Digitalization:

When we think about Physiotherapy, the first think is how a Physiotherapy service could be delivered digitally. The answer is very simple and logic, the Digital Physiotherapy helps where a in clinic service is not really recommended and helps to reduce time and money. The Digital Physiotherapy is mainly based on exercises Therapy, occupational Therapy, advising and education, making the patient more independent in treating minor or moderate injuries. Has been shown that the digital physiotherapy is really effective and also shows the best outcomes when combines with in clinic physiotherapy.

How works?

The use of electronic documentation can increase work efficiency by standardizing work processes and can help monitoring measured physical parameters such as the range of motion (ROM). In the context of telehealth, studies have shown, that a physiotherapy assessment of the knee with digital tools (e.g., telehealth) appears to be feasible and reliable. Besides many promising digital devices and procedures, the field of physiotherapy has some challenges to face. For example, certain groups of patients, such as children or elderly people, may have trouble using telehealth. Furthermore, in some countries, digital practices are not recognized by health-insurance companies, and therefore are not adequately reimbursed. However, during the rapid spread of digitalization within the healthcare system, the legal framework can be expected to be further adapted.

Matter of Science:

Especially during the SARS-CoV-19 pandemic, digitalization has gained enormous importance. Several studies have shown an increased use of telehealth due to governmental measurements and in order to protect staff as well as patients, underlining the need for new digital tools. With regards to the potential of digitalization (with multiple answers possible) most participants stated that digitalization could make work easier (67.6%), followed by better communication between colleagues (58.2%) and with patients (32.8%). Amongst several positive aspects of digitalization, this study also assessed concerns of the surveyed participants. Previous studies have identified lacking security and privacy of data as potential disadvantages, which were also the main concern in the present study. Younger participants as well as participants in the online survey stated these concerns more frequently than their counterparts. Furthermore, especially younger physiotherapists had concerns about the integration of new technologies into existing systems, which is consistent with findings of a previous study (2).

We recommend you to try a digital physiotherapy consultation through our booking page https://mundushealth.com/make-appointments/.

References:

  1. Behringer A. (2015), “The digitalisation of healthcare economy” published by European Journal, available at http://www.healthcare-in-europe.com/en/article/15542-the-digitalisation-of-healthcareeconomy.html accessed on 15.03. 2016 at 4.45 IST.
  2. Estel, K., Scherer, J., Dahl, H. et al. Potential of digitalization within physiotherapy: a comparative survey. BMC Health Serv Res 22, 496 (2022). 

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