How Digital Health is Revolutionizing Healthcare?
What is digital health?
As understood by the term itself, digital health is the modern way of keeping track of our body and health. It is a combination of technology, genomic research and data. It is meant to provide personalized healthcare to each and every individual.
From precision medicines to wearable equipment to accurate diagnosis, digital health is revolutionizing the way we have known healthcare systems.
How does digital health help?
A. Monitoring our body functions and providing real-time data.
B. Detecting symptoms the moment they emerge.
C. Increasing efficiency of diagnosis.
D. Advanced and better care in the home environment.
E. Delivering personalized medicines and therapies.
Applications of digital health
A. Accurate diagnosis: It is true that medical science has achieved a very high rate of detecting diseases accurately, yet thousands of people lose their lives each year because of inaccurate results produced by tests. Laboratory tests for diseases like tuberculosis and brain cancer are still not completely reliable. With the help of digital health, we can detect each and every health-related problem with high precision and before the disease has reached a very critical condition. It will also reduce the time required for tests. Many diseases which generally go undetected for a long time can be reported as soon as the symptoms arise.
B. Advanced wearable devices: With the inclusion of Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, digital health can help us design advanced wearable devices which can be placed on or inside our body. These wearable devices can keep track of all the external and internal parts of the body. These devices can detect even the slightest disorders in the functioning of our body systems and can inform us before it’s too late. Moreover, many leading research organizations and companies are working towards the development of such devices which can detect symptoms before they even surface.
C. Precision medicines: Traditionally, Medical Science has relied on a long list of medicines and another list of diseases. This way, one test or one medicine is prescribed to all people with related health problems. With digital health, doctors will be able to figure out the intensity of the disease and can devise medicines accordingly. It will help to reduce the side effects of medicines on our body.
D. Advanced and remote care: With digital health, patients no longer have to travel large distances in order to reach the hospitals and wait in long lines to see the doctor. With advanced communication technology and virtual reality, health services can be instantly delivered to the patients in the comfort of their home.
The number of diseases and their complexity is increasing day by day because of increasing pollution and changing lifestyles. In the hectic schedule of our life, keeping eye on each and every sign showed by our body is quite difficult. Also, a large fraction of the human population doesn’t have access to hospitals and medical care. Digital health is going to prove to be the ultimate solution for all these problems.