Technological advances impact the day-to-day life of all people in all areas and the world of health does not escape this reality
Technological advancement impacts all aspects of everyday life, including healthcare.
According to an article published by El Universal, these are some of the ways in which the advancement of information and communication technologies helps people to be healthier.
Remote control of vital signs
As a consequence of the advent and use of smart watches, vital signs such as blood pressure, blood oxygen level and even sleep quality can be measured more easily and consistently. This type of monitoring allows greater detection and prevention of health risks and certain pathologies. It should be mentioned that, in addition to constant monitoring, there are some devices and programs that are connected to the internet and are automatically sent to the GP.
Many apps monitor vital signs
Video calls, meanwhile, expand access to healthcare. Experts in information systems and digital health from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), physical and mental telerehabilitation has advanced a lot. One of the cases cited in the article indicates that the School of Public Health of Andalusia has been developing 3D models with holograms for a long time and there are mobile applications with animations that help remote rehabilitation.
Change of habits
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in health is having healthy habits to prevent disease. For those who already have them, it does not seem so complex, but it is difficult to change a habit in a person who already has it installed.
That is why psychological techniques, economic incentives, data science, analysis with artificial intelligence and technological monitoring devices are currently being combined so that people are encouraged to have healthier habits. Some examples are companies such as Omada, AbleTo or some European insurers, which apply discounts on the insurance policy to those who register healthy behaviors, which are verified by monitoring devices.
Healthy habits are key to caring for your health Doctors also benefit from innovation
It’s not just patients who benefit from progress in digital health. Medical science now has new sources and types of information that contribute to a better understanding of the factors that affect health. Thus, through more technological tools, it is possible to take advantage of and process this new information.
Either way, it is necessary to understand that not everything is technology. It is important to bear in mind that the excessive use of technology in itself can be harmful, and can also prevent any pathology from being detected, as far as health is concerned. It is important to keep visits to health professionals on a routine basis and try to follow the recommendations provided by the experts.
It should be remembered that one of the most efficient forms of treatment is the early detection of diseases, in addition to prevention. This is key to being able to start therapy as soon as possible and to attack the disease as efficiently as possible.