Updated on 19 November 2014
Singapore: Technological innovations are getting competitive, creating a dynamic change in the healthcare delivery structure, disease management, and cost reduction. The applications are growing beyond electronic health and medical records and the new solutions are set to bridge the gap between physicians and patients.
According to an Accenture survey across eight countries, application of IT in healthcare is enhancing health practices and reaping benefits in implemented zones. The concept of connected health, breaking the walls of hospitals and clinics, has the potential to reach out to patients in wide and remote locations, enabling healthcare services for all. Biospectrum Asia takes a look at some of the innovative solutions and technology that are unconventional but bound to bring a change in healthcare management.
Google glass works through an android smart phone or an iPhone via bluetooth and has the potential to be used in the medical industry. Early user doctors of Google glass have asserted its use during surgical procedures to consult expert physicians and to share information with doctors across the globe. It allows emergency service providers to get support from medical professionals, serves as a drug information platform where physicians could access patient charts and compare medical history. Google glass could be used in decision making, paramedic services, and remote training and consultancy services.
Mobile satellite communications
Mobile satellite communication devices are portable, lightweight satellite terminals that allow healthcare workers to easily connect a remote clinic and access eHealth solutions such as intelligent decision support systems which can aid them in diagnosis and treatment. Through the mobile network platform, health workers can get access to telemedicine, allowing reliable transmission of a patient's vital signs in real-time to experts anywhere in the world. It can help in relay of timely information on disease outbreaks to central planning authorities aiding in prevention and control of further outbreaks.
"The shortage of skilled medical workers and poor healthcare infrastructure prohibits remote and isolated communities from accessing quality healthcare services. Although technology applications can help overcome these obstacles, deployment in rural areas is compromised by the lack of terrestrial and cellular communications," commented Ms Nada El Marji, director, NGO Business, on Inmarsat, one of the developers of satellite communication devices.
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