Digital Health – is it a true solution for the future?

Following my previous post, and attending, “Digital Health COVID-19 Response – Keeping Patients away from Hospital with no Compromise on Medical Services and Care.”, by Israel Export, I’m increasingly convinced that digitalization will be the solution for many of today’s challenges.

5 years ago, I too was skeptical that IoT devices such as sensors, wearables, and remote monitoring solutions would be widely adopted. I thought, like many others, that physicians would never use it. It’s not realistic that the physicians will get notifications regarding a patient’s health and respond via text or phone.

The COVID-19 pandemic fiercely hit medical institutions that tend to infected patients. In these times, it is mandatory to protect medical staff and treat COVID-19 and non COVID-19 patients without compromising the quality of medical care or services. Digital Healthcare and Remote Medical Care have become pivotal in answering the call to streamlining patient care. I believe that COVID-19, pushed the integration process forward by at least ten years!

The event’s keynote speaker Dr. Angela Irony, Executive Director – Chief Nursing Officer, Maccabi Health, gave a short presentation on how the pandemic was handled by Maccabi, using their “Mamtak” system. While there were some setbacks, the solution integrates patient’s data digitization, data management, call centers and more. In my previous post,  I contemplated how this exact system would work on a global scale.

Considering that numerous existing systems have to speak with one with other, there should be one platform that allows communication between all devices. It is clear to me that data should be streamed to one system from many inputs allowing for efficient collection and digitization, which is made available for any use.

Current multi-EHR systems for hospitals and clinics don’t provide the required solution of data collection.

Following the Dr. Angela Irony speech, I was so proud to hear a short presentation by some leaders in Israel’s medical and healthcare ecosystem, Tyto Care, Beecardia, Nutricco, 2Gether, Neteera, and ElmindA.

I am so pleased to see the widespread adoption and integration of advanced medical devices that exist to serve both patients and physicians in redefining modern healthcare.

I’d be glad to read your comments and notes regarding the topic and would love to have a vibrant discussion!

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