technology is revitalizing the healthcare industry
Such an individual is Karen Salirrosasmedical specialist in endocrinology from the Ricardo Palma University in Peru and founder of smart doctor. The company serves as a bridge between healthcare professionals and patients, with a telemedicine service that removes physical and geographic barriers to making and receiving diagnoses. “Technology is helping us get closer to people, both in terms of communicating and tracking their health indicators, using connected devices,” says Salirrosas.
Due to the pandemic, which has favored an increase in digital consultations, telemedicine platforms are booming, as the folks behind AcceXible and Smart Doctor can confirm. Salirrosas explains that “remote consultations allow people in rural areas to have access to specialists, who are often only based in large cities”.
Data to save lives
Data availability will become increasingly relevant in order to feed the algorithms, but the need to safeguard sensitive patient information must be taken into account. With this in mind, the Spanish plan for recovery, transformation and resilience, presented within the framework of European funds Next Generation, envisages the creation of a medical “data lake”. This data repository would gather information for mass analysis to help identify conditions and improve diagnoses and treatments..
The integration of data into shared systems and their processing will be essential. “We are going to live a unique moment in which there will be a large health data repository, with interoperable cloud-based systems,” says Ángel Alberich-Bayarri of Quibim. In the opinion of this expert, sharing data can help advance medicine. “Sharing anonymous medical evidence in online software and providing professionals with access to it will enable doctors and researchers around the world to make great strides,” he said.
In this way, perhaps leading countries in the field of organ donation, such as Spain, can reinvent themselves to become data donation leaders. With the openness of information, collaboration between experts, from mathematicians to computer scientists and doctors, and the momentum of technology, the health sector can already envision a better future for all patients.