The Policy Times organized a virtual round table discussion on Digital Health, remote monitoring with wearable devices, to monitor dynamic health conditions bringing cost-effective and better patients outcomes on Wednesday,30th June. Covid has brought health in multiple dimensions and during the pandemic, health care is very much important and also this Covid-19 came as a reflection of how the healthcare system is transitioning from a traditional approach to a modern approach.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need to harness and leverage digital tools and technology for remote patient monitoring (RPM). With the onset of lockdown and a sense of unease when visiting conventional clinical settings, there is an increasing need for more robust disease detection and monitoring of individual and population health, which could be aided by wearable sensors and at-home devices. Whilst RPM is not a new concept, the pandemic has seen a dramatic rise in the accessibility to remote monitoring, with the market for at-home devices expected to double in size over the next 5 years.
Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman Unleashing India, Global Smart City Panel, MTGF-India not only has a large population, but also advanced technology, and a lot of innovators as well. In this India and the USA play a very important role as we can see now in the case of Vaccine manufacture, distribution, development, and even other association as well. Now coming to global digital health market is also very huge and will cross 380 billion dollars in the coming 3 years’ time. And now with the introduction of AI, and all other technology will play a significant role. We need to ensure that technology helps people in return.
Mr. Ananth Subramanian, CEO HDgtl, Director- US Operations, The Policy Times, said that as the world is digitizing, similarly our Healthcare World is going irreversibly digital, where 64% of patients say that they use a digital device and mobile apps to manage their health and 71% believe it would be helpful for their doctor to have access to this information as part of their medical history. 90% of the health executives said they believe it is critical to adopt a platform-based business model and engage in ecosystems with digital partners. Around 77% of people going online for booking medical appointments, 47% of organizations already using Analytics in some form or other, and 80% of consumers willing to wear devices to measure health data.
“We need solutions for about digital health acceleration with devices becoming core to monitoring dynamic health conditions and ultimately drive costs down and drive better patient outcomes”.
Dr. Natesh, VC of Lifeline Hospital, and the CEO of digital technology start-up HDgtl India, “Digital health in itself is so vast that it cannot be covered in one go, and when the whole world is accepting the trend of New Normal, which actually portrays two things, one is patients were not coming to hospitals and so every hospital has to separately make a Covid ward for the Covid patients and with that, we had to shift to a digital platform to give smooth medical facilities to patients. With the increase in the numbers of Covid, it is very necessary for all the hospitals or medical facilities to go digital. So keeping everything in mind, we want to use all the technology, the remote monitoring systems to seamlessly monitor the users’ health and ensure that no adverse events happen or at least decrease the number of adverse events.
Dr. Palaniappan Manickam, Gastroenterology Specialist, USA, says “with the help of technology it can tell about the disease based on the characteristics. We have talked about patient access actual procedure health and the next thing that is necessary through digital platforms is research capability. All the information will be pooled into data systems and we need not need to carry the reports from doctor to doctor, but with this digitalization, we can just log into the same hub and see in the records of the patients. And, the positive outcome out of this is that the AI gives an instant report of a patient and a patient does not have to wait for rather the risk of facing an adverse situation lessens as the treatment starts soon.
Speaking in this context Dr. Anil Shetty, Scientist, USA said, “In the area of my research, I can give ideas about foetal studies, we would like to have a method where we can see lesions without doing bioscopy because that sometimes causes risks or a method that will provide a thermal map of a patient. My perspective is primarily coming from device development, technological development in the medical field. Coming to the digital part, there is a need for machine language and improving the accuracy of machine language, and how we can predict pre-term birth in the remote areas by simple usage of demographic data.
Mr. Senthil Nathan, CEO of Tenzai Systems, says, “We need AI for Diagnosis and AI for drugs, where using a sing genetic test we can find about all the diseases in a patient’s body and then perform diagnosis”.
Mr. Kunal Kishore Dhawan, Co-founder, and CEO of Navia Life Care told about how the digital healthcare system has improved the medical system. He started by saying, “Digital healthcare has improved the doctor efficiency, improvement in operations, improvement in patient outcome, helps other pharma companies and stakeholders to understand the patients better their demand and also the market. An interaction between a patient and a doctor basically brings down to the point that it has to be recorded down, which is still in the practice of handwritten prescription in maximum areas to date, which are sometimes difficult to read but when it comes to digitization the practice of handwritten prescription does not exist everything is being recorded and is much more specific and precise. There is no confusion in the medicines and the drugs can be got easily available”.
Mr. Mudit Dandwate, CEO & Co-Founder of Dozee explained about the remote monitoring devices. He said that “The patient monitoring system, where a patient is monitored remotely by collecting data without direct contact just by the vibration or the respirational cycle which in turn will give all the reports of that patient like the blood pressure, heartbeat rate, etc. and in this Covid situation where there is a shortage of nurses, doctors this patient monitoring system helped a lot of doctors in the hospitals by quickly giving a report of the patients. And at the end, the patient outcome is really positive and it ends up saving lives of millions”.
Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder-Editor of The Policy Times, summarised the whole session, saying, “We need to imbibe it and help emerge this Digital Healthcare so well that people use it nationwide and benefit every citizen. Digitization of the public healthcare system needs to be done otherwise there will be a large gap between private healthcare and public healthcare system and it will indirectly impact the underprivileged section of society. It is our responsibility to help the public healthcare system and it is the duty of both the private and public healthcare system to work in co-existence.”
A perfect and balanced combination of both private and public healthcare has to be there in the nation now as well as in the future so that each and every people can have access to the healthcare system without any difficulty.