According to data from Philips, an expert company in the development of health technology, without considering the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, 75 percent of deaths worldwide are the result of chronic diseases, which will have an exponential increase in the next years. Against this background, experts in the health sector call for a greater focus on health and not disease.
At the Connect Day 2020 meeting of the company dedicated to health, experts agreed that the digitization initiatives must be driven by people and focused, either on the aspects that define the level of care, protection measures and privacy , as well as in data collection in order to personalize future diagnoses and treatments. “The future of medicine, the true revolution in the sector is to focus on health instead of disease,” said Fabia Tetteroo-Bueno, CEO of Philips Latin America.
Along these lines, Tetteroo-Bueno explained the four fundamental pillars of patient care: improving the patient experience, as well as the experience of health professionals; obtain better results in treatments, And reduce costs in the sector. In this sense, the four axes converge and provide feedback, since “the only way to reduce costs is to obtain better results for the patient.”
According to the Future Health Index report, produced by Philips, there is an urgent need for training today. Young people in medical training affirm that they need training based on knowing and knowing how to use all the technology that is permanently integrated into the work flow. Likewise, the CEO indicated, by 2035, almost 13 million well-prepared health professionals will be missing.
On the other hand, the digital transformation could help overcome the great current challenges, for example, the lack of primary care in Latin America and the lack of centralization of information for patients and health professionals in large cities. Likewise, the realization of this transformation must have the participation of various sectors.
Dr. Carine Junqueira, mentioned CMIO of the Doña Helena hospital, although the digital transformation is already happening, the essential thing is to discuss how it is done and what benefits its tools will bring to the sector. “It is necessary to identify the real needs of the stakeholders and what characteristics the process requires, so that professionals do not have to adapt to the tool, but rather that the systems adapt to the facilities”, also expressed dr. Vladimir Pizzo, Philips Marketing Director.
Tetteroo-Bueno highlighted, Latin America suffers from underinvestment in preventive medicine In this sense, only 10 percent is invested in prevention and 90 percent in diagnosis and treatment. Thus, focusing on health and not only on disease is essential to improve the conditions of the health sector in the region.
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