Digital Health: Simplifying Patient Care & Wellness

How will digital health change the landscape for patient care?

This article was originally published on Sona’s website.

Underwear that tracks breast health. Smart eye-lenses that measure sugar levels for diabetic patients. A tiny, embedded chip that provides and sends biometric data to the patient and his or her care facility. There’s no question that med-tech devices stand to revolutionize the way we practice and treat patients worldwide. To many, this technology may seem like a far-away goal, but in reality, many devices are being tested and utilized today. How will this change the landscape for patient care?

Patient Awareness

Managing a serious illness is a stressful endeavor. Just as a home security system will detect a break-in and provide an immediate report to local authorities, med-tech devices monitor a patient’s health in a similar way. This equates to more peace of mind for the patient and allows a health care facilitator to administer better care via remote treatment. When a patient is able to access and understand her biometric data, she becomes an advocate for herself and her conditions, making treatment more effective.

Increase in Communication

For so many patients, receiving the proper care is unattainable due to several circumstances. To start, aging or disabled patients may find it difficult to visit care facilities. They may lack the ability to drive or may be unable to secure transportation. Additionally, many patients forget to ask pertinent questions or share information with their doctors during the visit.

With the creation of many medical devices, both of these problems will be diminished. Health care professionals will be able to monitor vitals virtually and check-in with the patient when necessary. And because all of the data is stored and sent to the professional, both doctor and patient will have a more comprehensive idea of the current status of the patient.

Worldwide Health Care

As digital explorers, it’s our job to harness the power of our research and skills to improve the lives of patients across the globe. In the coming years, med-tech innovations will be able to deliver better and more frequent care to remote areas. This will improve the living conditions of millions of people worldwide.

Just this week, a team of computer scientists based in Palo Alto shared satellite images of Africa’s most impoverished areas. These images were captured from space and were curated using a technology referred to as Machine Learning. It offers a fast, inexpensive way to survey data, especially compared to the traditional ground-based approach. This combination of finding the right communities and providing the right kind of care with emerging technology offers an exciting glimpse into our future.

It’s a great example of how technology’s collaborative potential stands to revolutionize and simplify patient care across the globe.