According to a study by KPMG International, in recent years, there has been a significant reduction in costs and innovation in the treatment of patients using new technologies or digital technology.
Almost all users can undertake the return home if, within a few blocks, they find that they have forgotten their mobile phone. That tiny device has become an essential companion when going out, so many feel incomplete without his company.
But beyond the communications and internet browsing offered by these devices that relax in their pockets, they can become a complete personal doctor with the possibility of continually monitoring their user and then reporting results and making decisions about it.
An example of using a cell phone for these activities is to monitor the treatment of chronic diseases; technology could make a big difference by offering services and more personalized patient care and monitoring.
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Currently, there are more than 43 thousand medical applications available to download from the online markets of different mobile platforms.
Some of the most widely used are Instant Heart Rate, which uses the smartphone camera to detect the fingertip pulse and provide an immediate heart rate reading. And Glucose that keeps complete control of statistics of the patient’s glucose levels. And Stress Check Pro allows to measure the stress level through a cardiac monitoring and blood pressure.
Another ally when it comes to carrying out routine check-ups is the use of smartwatches. An extraordinary one is eHealth, a smartwatch that used to measure blood sugar levels.
The operation of the same is quite sophisticated: What it does is heat the skin in a very slight, almost imperceptible way, until it opens the pores of the user/patient.
Then, it drops a drop in the pores that it later recovers and is the one that offers the searched data.
For conventional smartwatches, some software solutions may be helpful. Some of these apps are included, and allow you to take control of your heart rate, control the number of calories burned during the day, etc.
In the United States, 80% of health centers use electronic records to manage information.
However, only between 10% and 15% reached the highest level of digital maturity, according to the scale developed by KPMG.
Cloud computing services 15% of hospitals already used cloud to store images, a number expected to increase more than 50%.
The study indicates that in a few years, around 500 million people around the world will use a health-related application.
Likewise, 21% of adults in the United States said they use digital technology to track their health data, and 26% of hospitals are present on social networks.
In the UK, a million images enter the national health service database every day.
But also as the computerization of the system grows, the risks of cyber-attacks increase. For example, according to a survey carried out by the Ponemon Institute, 40% of health organizations reported attacks in 2013.
Technology is producing a revolution in medicine, both for health professionals and for providers and patients themselves.
In this regard, Mariano Sánchez, Partner of KPMG Argentina in charge of the Advisory practice and responsible for the Infrastructure, Government, and Health industry, affirms that “It is a profound change that also encompasses the management of public health from the State.
The medicine of the future is already working in developed countries with computer systems where all data is online.
And automatic alarm systems work on cell phones. And remembering the application of medicine or conducting a study, or someone has an alteration in your heart rate.
In this global computer network, a person has entire medical history wherever they are in the world.
In Argentina, we are still in the primary stage of this revolution.
Nevertheless, it imposed because it is part of globalization due to the rapid rate of adoption of new technologies. So that people have demonstrated to have and, above all, because of the benefits it brings to the patient”.
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