DOCOTAL: DIGITAL DOCTORS.
CHANGING THE FACE OF 21ST CENTURY MEDICINE IN AFRICA
We live in an ever rapidly changing world where information from the internet and all social media comes to us at break-neck speed. Thanks in large part to the internet of things (IoT), the world has become connected like never before. This has generated tremendous benefits across a variety of industries, with the healthcare not left out.
Harvard drop-out turned Microsoft founder, Bill Gates wrote in his book” The road ahead” in 1995 that “over time, as the internet brings your work to your home, it will also bring many of the other good things from the city with it; college lessons, city tours, or conversations with doctors at hospital far away”. The internet prophet actually saw the future some 20 years ago when he knew the traditional face to face conversation with the doctor can now be better done through the internet using intelligent apps, wearables and other health kits by the patients to measure vital signs and send that information to his doctors far away from him.
This change in business using Information Technology (I.T) should be embraced by all medical professionals who want to really impact in the 21st century and beyond. But sadly, some wil still keep to the old methods because they are afraid of change or what it brings also.
Dr. Spence Johnson in his less-than-an-hour read but timeless classic book “who moved my cheese” emphasized so much about this change( if you haven’t read this book, please stop all you are doing and read it after this blog, then try to identify which of the four characters really talk about you ). You can download this e-book for free here at the bottom page.
In the book, Cory said “some people never change and they pay a huge price for it. I see people like them in my medical practice. They feel entitled to their cheese. They feel like victims when its taken away and blame others. They get sicker than people who let go and move on”. Every single day brings new changes and outstanding innovations, things that were previously impossible are not only doable but are helping us live better in planet earth.
As scientific breakthroughs and Information technology transform the practice of medicine, many are of the opinion that computerization is pulling medicine apart stressing that medical practitioners and physicians will no longer have apathy for patients as electronic gadgets will finally kill the “human touch” which occasionally helps in the healing process.
In life( same as in medicine), we all know that there is always the good, the bad and the ugly of everything. But we need to focus more on the good side of digital health and using of technologies and data storage to aid the physician diagnose illness better, treat the patients effectively and always monitor his health(with wearables) everytime both at home and workplace.
More on DIGITAL DOCTORS in coming days at this blog.