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Digital Hospital Is Coming

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Digital Hospital is a trend in digital health. Hospitals across Europe are feeling the pressure to meet the many challenges to improve healthcare standards. These include everything from the improvement of productivity to the capacity to respond to the increasing demand all while taking into consideration funding limitations.

The adoption of digital technology is the desired approach. However, there are many factors to consider; the implementation of new ICT solutions being the first.

The goal is to allow data to be shared between patients and providers quickly and efficiently. As digital technology aims to go put into place the most preventive measures to keep citizens healthy. With these solutions, the objective is early intervention to reduce the risk of hospital admissions. 

However, despite what appears to be a very innovative approach to transforming healthcare dramatically, limitations in funding and expertise still exist. Fortunately, there are already some healthcare providers who are trailblazing with digital technology, giving the world a glimpse of its potential. 

Digital Hospital Pioneers 

Named after the town in Spain where it was initially launched, the Alzira model provides free, universal access to a range of health services to its local population. The healthcare provider Ribera Salud adopted this model. 

Relying on an integrated clinical, business, and ICT model, Ribera Salud ensures that work is carried out in the most efficient setting. Utilizing a set of indicators and algorithms, the ICT system allocates the personal data of the local population into 12 different risk groups. Through the analysis of the broad amount of data, preventive measures are put into place for its high-risk citizens while also taking into account the health service needs of its local population. 

Furthermore, the digital system has the capability to provide a detailed profile on the costs of each patient, broken down by procedure. This valuable information can identify the cost comparison of preventive care vs. curing patients. These patients were admitted to hospital because no preventive measures were put into place. 

Another world leader in digital healthcare is Denmark. In this country digitalizdigital hospitalation plays a significant role. Investing more than 10 billion euro in the construction of 16 new intelligent hospitals. Denmark is certainly not falling behind in developing an innovative solution to meet the challenges of improving healthcare standards. 

The biggest project, the New Odense University Hospital, is scheduled to open in 2022. Operating both inside and outside the hospital, information and knowledge will be integrated throughout its network. This free flow of information is expected to allow its staff to perform their tasks in the most efficient way possible. 

Digital Hospital In UK

Inspired by Alzira and the Odense models, the NHS in the UK have selected 12 of its most digitally advanced hospitals. The are selected to become the industry leaders in the representation of the impact that digital technology. They will have on the positive development in healthcare.

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Digital Health, Wearables

 The Digital Health Sector

Between 2014 and 2016, the use of digital health apps has doubled with more than 165,000 mobile apps available to consumers. With that comes the increases in the use of health wearables that has grown from 9% in 2014 to 21% in 2016. The health sector is determined to create new solutions that will reduce healthcare costs, improve practitioner’s efficiency, improve accessibility, and empower its patients with personalized care.

digital health solutions

However, despite the rise in interest and the growth of the digital health market, there is still minimal clinical proof to support the effectiveness of all these solutions.

There is a shortage of scientific evidence which has led to the hesitation of healthcare providers implementing their use in their practices.

Additionally, the integration of these solutions has been limited partly due to regulatory and privacy concerns.

The Barriers of Adopting Digital Health

With so many digital health solutions on the rise, it would be expected that there would be a wider implementation of them across all hospitals and by the majority of healthcare practitioners. However, this is not the case and the reasons why vary.

But one that was most common reasons highlighted is the frustration experienced by the users who do not understand how to use the app. A research revealed that seniors, despite benefitting from the technology the most, would not likely use the digital health tools simply because they were not user-friendly enough.

With digital health tools requiring manual data entry and the retrieval of data via the app, it demanded a technical understanding that was beyond the grasp of most seniors.

The proposal by researchers was to redesign the apps to have larger buttons and simpler interfaces making the user experience much more pleasant and the application easy to comprehend. An additional function would be explanations to educate the patient on the benefits of the tasks.

The Recommendation

Another study is showing that a much more successful approach would be to have a dedicated team to offer offline training on the use of the tablet and app. Such was the case with a medication adherence app where coronary heart disease patients who took part in the study.

Each patient who was personally coached on how to use the app went on to say that they preferred the app over using paper and pen to journal their progress.

Clearly, while the advances in technology are impressive, its effectiveness is only attainable through the proper instruction of its functionalities to its users. Developers of digital health tools should take into consideration how to not only make the technology user-friendly but how to easily integrate them into daily routines through preparation and instruction.

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Digital Health, Wearables

Why we need a Digital Health Revolution

The emergence and increased severity of chronic illnesses around the world has grown to exponential heights in comparison to the last fifty years of medical analysis. The existence of chronic diseases are crushing the Healthcare sector and the resources therein, and subsequently creating socioeconomic issues within the diaspora as the government, patients and insurers are faced with the burden of paying higher costs for medical services. We have a major crisis on our hands, one which not only declines the population’s status of health, but also lowers the potential productivity of said populace. In light of the aforementioned, it is in the best interest of all to revolutionize the current Health Care systems in hopes of changing the trajectory of the potentially disastrous outcomes. Digital Health RevolutionAround the world, unhealthy lifestyles and aging populations have strongly influenced the constant recurrence and prevalence of chronic diseases. This category of illnesses place a strain on healthcare providers and the healthcare system at large, due to the high volume of hospital visits and admissions by ailing patients. Strategically speaking, healthcare providers have what may be considered as a normal range of activity within which patients are anticipated to operate. However, those who require long and resource-intensive treatments undoubtedly use up intensive care resources that were initially set aside for the interest of other insured patients. This growing problem has led to the drastic reduction in available resources and the imposition of limitations in regard to certain treatments.  

Healthcare Protection

Tactics employed to protect health care systems and their resources have sufficiently lessened the availability of the once prevalent resources, and in direct proportion, have increased the growth of people with chronic diseases. In the near future, it is clearly foreseeable that if no radical intervention is initiated, this downward spiral will only increase the intensity of the detrimental effects suffered by all involved. healthcare revolution Sadly, despite the wondrous advances in medicine and technology, health care continues to fail as it is unable to provide what its customers truly need. Regardless of the increasing complexity and best intentions of doctors and nurses involved, they can no longer guarantee the provision of the best care practices to ailing patients. Fixing health care will most definitely require a radical shift from current health care practices that are individual based, to a strategic approach that embraces a team-based way of work.  Although many physicians are anxious about the reduction of money, autonomy and respect; accepting new organizational structures, payment models and performance goals; could possibly create a level playing field for both insurers and patients. To catapult this change, leaders from all sub-divisions of health care must draw on their reserves of courage, resilience and optimism; and stand up for what they believe in. They must make it a point of duty to be aware of the economics and social capital relations which define how they are paid, and be willing to cut ties with companies who are solely driven by monies acquired as opposed to the improvement of outcomes and efficiency of service. Conclusively, in the writings of sociologist and economist Max Weber, four major considerations of social action which have been adapted for healthcare improvement includes: shared purpose, self-interest, respect and tradition. These levers may be manipulated to bring about the changes, which the system so desperately needs. This article was published by our CEO João Bocas via  HCITExpert Blog.
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Big Data, Internet Of Things IoT
With the average home already having multiple devices connected to the Internet and each other, we are more susceptible to cyber threats than we realize. Anything that we own in our home that has the capability to connect to the Internet is considered an IoT device. It may not immediately come to mind that even a smart refrigerator, a Wi-Fi connected thermostat, coffeemaker, or doorbell could ever be used a backdoor to access your network. If your devices are connected to the Internet through an app on your smartphone or a wearable, you are more vulnerable to network attacks than you think. keep reading
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Events, Wearables
The Wearable Technology Show returns to London in March for its fourth outing with a strengthened focus on digital health, 6,000 attendees in its sights, global leaders and influencers on its 200-speaker strong conference programme and over 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in smart technology.
The fourth Wearable Technology Show takes place 7-8 March at ExCeL and is co-located with the AR, VR & MXR Show, IOT Connect and the brand new Digital Health Technology Show, making it Europe’s biggest event for wearables, AR & VR, IOT and connected technology. Keynote Speakers already confirmed for 2017 include the following:
  • Vincent Nida, Global Brand President, L’Oreal
  • Greg Ivanov, Business Head, Google Daydream
  • Rachel Murphy, Digital Delivery Director, NHS Digital
  • Steve Moore, Director of Connected Home, Dixons Carphone
And more! 100 exhibitors from more than 20 countries will be on the show floor unveiling brand new products and prototypes, many of which will never have been seen before in Europe. For example:
  • MyndPlay
  • Navdy
  • Stretchsense
  • Glass Up
  • Touch Surgery
  • E-Sense
  • Proximie
  • Activbody

Date:

07-08 March 2017

Location: ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL United Kingdom
Contact with us for 30% Discount: miguel@digitalsalutem.com

See you there! Wearable Technology Show

The UK’s showcase for new technology

Since 2014, The Wearable Technology Show has been THE event for the latest in wearables and connected technology. Companies both large and small have benefited from the show’s stellar press coverage – with sort ups in particular enjoying TV and press coverage they could have only dreamed of prior to exhibiting at our show. Companies have gone on to appear on Dragons Den, Channel 9 News Australia, and been snapped up by investors across the globe. And for companies from overseas, looking to establish their business in Europe, and to increase awareness in the UK, there could be no better platform. Take a look at some of the coverage we’ve enjoyed below ; and if you are interested in getting your product and business in front of 300 press at the 2017 event, then please get in touch – but hurry – the last stands are set to be snapped up!
The Gadget Show will cover the event again in 2017. last year, over a million people viewed the episode covering our event.
According to BBC Click, The Wearable Technology Show “had it all.” in 2016. Their film was seen by over 3 million on TV and online
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