What is the future of healthcare?

For decades, healthcare has been seen as an expense, not an investment. The COVID-19 pandemic shows how poor management and readiness in detecting and predicting healthcare functions can have a negative impact on the global economy.

To change this mindset, fill the digital gaps that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and prepare for future challenges, European governments and organizations are stepping up their digital efforts and expanding their ecosystem. According to IDC, 40% of organizations plan to operate or operate in an ecosystem that shares operational capabilities and expertise and enables the exchange of information and data.

Change of thinking

Portugal, for example, is developing a digital health strategy to accelerate the capabilities and skills needed to move from big data to smart health. The effort is converging to create a sustainable approach to data management in the healthcare and other sectors.

The country recently made its ambitious development Health development plan It sees health as a driving force for innovation, growth and economic development. The plan focuses on the use of AI and big data and focuses on three key areas: clinical trials, essential medicines and medical devices, and innovative medicine and smart health.

Some important themes are the 2021 virtual version HIMSS European Health ConferenceFocuses on addressing the most pressing challenges in digital health.

  1. Data management and sharing within the ecosystem. Over the last decade, regional and organizational data integration initiatives have exploded among public and private players. This accelerated significantly as a pandemic struck the area.Backed by these challenges, the European Commission European health data space (EHDS) is at the heart of Europe’s unified strategy for health data and its use in its care, public health, research, and more focused value-based healthcare ecosystems.

The pandemic has highlighted how technical and governance preparations for the use of data are important for sensing, predicting, and responding to the challenges posed by the health crisis. In this framework, Israel created a predictive model, collected data from past influenza outbreaks, and combined it with data from countries at the forefront of the pandemic, such as China and Italy. This model allowed the country to identify the population segment at highest risk of adverse medical events due to COVID-19 and plan vaccination campaigns accordingly.

  1. A new frontier of intelligence. Driven by the rapid development of new AI features, data is called the new lifeline of medical systems. As data becomes more personal, there is an increasing need for transparency in the use of data to ensure human centrality as a comprehensive value.

This lays the foundation for free flow of information and paving the way for new services and tools to help prepare for the future. As an example of this trend ASSTO spedale Niguarda in Milan created an AI model Classify COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients depending on CT scans and data lakes that collect clinical data.

Open solutions are used to screen inpatients, but have also been developed to identify patients with lung disease and will support epidemiological management of COVID-19 infections over the next few years. ..

  1. Public health to address health inequality and hesitation in vaccination. COVID-19 reveals vulnerabilities in the medical system when providing basic medical services. It hampered some UN Global Development Goals and affected the overall provision of medical services.

Governments and public and private sectors involved in public health see the effects of a pandemic as a potential fuel for inequality and inequality. Careful attention to data quality and equality is the key to preventing technology from becoming the first differentiator, and at many levels, organizations are not distorted in favor of short-term interests. Allows you to design truly comprehensive products and services that focus on individual and collective needs. From digital literacy to the willingness to use digital for specific services, social and health needs.

Public bodies and organizations are defining new initiatives that use digital tools to target the needs of the population, focusing on new communication strategies aimed at addressing literacy and vaccination hesitation. Relevant, up-to-date, and reliable information during the global health crisis is the basis for promoting correct behavior and effectively managing public health initiatives. However, the proliferation of fake news and false information has endangered the efforts of public authorities and has affected the choices of many citizens around the world.

  1. People at the heart of the workforce experience. Given the increasing proportion of burnout among healthcare professionals and the growing demand for medical services rejected during the crisis, a new approach to healthcare professionals is to use technology to care. Experts need to sit at the decision-making table, be at the center of their organizational change efforts, and ensure that their perceived value is reflected throughout their corporate strategy and translated into efficient operations.

To become an advocate of a journey of transformation, healthcare professionals need to recognize the tangible value of digital and technology as a fundamental pillar and game changer for day-to-day business scenarios. The case of Doctors Without Borders highlights how learning and training opportunities can be developed using digital tools available in remote areas where resources are scarce. Project TEMBO, Doctors Without Borders (MFS)Is designed to allow people to use their mobile phones, connect to WiFi in hospitals and other connected facilities, download related content, and access offline.

  1. Patient experience and digital front door. Improving the patient engagement platform will focus on the “digital front door” model. In this model, digital is the basis for touchpoints of all interactions between patients and healthcare providers. The focus of digital front doors to extend capacity beyond the physical barriers of an organization requires a paradigm shift in data sharing that drives interoperability and data integration to support integrated care initiatives. ..

This provides value to the patient, regardless of where they are and where they are seeking care.Germany’s DiGA project (“DigitaleGesundheitsanwendungen”) is an example of using approved digital health applications to support the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and bring the continuity of healthcare services closer to the patient’s journey. Currently, there are 14 applications in the directory, all of which address interoperability requirements that allow applications to interact with electronic health records in the future.

Data protection is guaranteed by a certificate that guarantees privacy and security in exchanging application data with multiple healthcare professionals.

What is the future of healthcare?

The biggest challenge in healthcare is not technical. This transformation of the entire ecosystem also requires consideration of organizational, cultural, financial and governance perspectives. Long-term change will only occur if leadership and policies understand challenges, embrace learning, lay the foundation for changing the status quo, and provide resources and guidance to build a different future.

Two possible scenarios are deployed.

  • It will return to normal. The description of “returning to normal” is reflected in older organizational and governance patterns, prolonging the recovery phase in areas heavily affected by the pandemic (chronic care, health promotion, prevention, etc.). Increased attention to the care gap caused by the pandemic increases preventable mortality.
  • A journey of change. To overcome the simple view of the new normal story, organizations need to ponder what they really need to transform the medical sector. From policy, from telemedicine to health. This involves migrating solutions implemented for rapid crisis response to new standards, optimizing workflows, complying with safe and well-defined regulatory structures, and driving the acceleration of innovative technologies from a long-term perspective. You need to make a bold move to do it.

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