E-health: not only for the new generations!

Published on 7 November, 2018

Technology has made many processes in our daily lives easier, starting with the most basic aspects, such as cooking, thanks in part to the development of the appliances we use to modernize every preparation and cooking process. At the same time, whether it is leisure activities, or games for adults or children, technology represents a new aspect of life that is getting closer and closer to us.
The latest technological advances, developed with the aim of solving new societal problems and offering more flexible alternatives, are truly part of our daily environment. If technology and services requested and offered through the Internet are present in a growing number of areas, it goes without saying that the health sector cannot remain on the sidelines. The position of the patient has changed in terms of his or her relationship with the physician; the concept of the passive patient has been relegated to the background. In this way, the patient is positioned as an informed and active subject in relation to his treatment. Networks, and especially health-related applications, have helped change lifestyles and, in particular, improve treatment and patient monitoring.
Technological advances are changing the structure and organization of the medical field through transformation, fueled, in part, by the integration of massive data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. The potential of massive data lies in the ability to combine traditional data with other new forms of data, both at the individual and population level, while also integrating structured and unstructured data.
The use of artificial intelligence can even result in economic benefits. The development of solutions that allow for the early diagnosis and detection of diseases can reduce health care costs and achieve a higher degree of effectiveness than traditional medical methods.
Certainly, these technological advances seem promising, and would thus offer an effective and rapid solution in order to solve our health problems. But isn’t that a bit complicated? Are these advances only for the new generations? No, and this is where we are making a mistake.
For the elderly, such solutions seem less attractive, because of the complications that these technological advances represent for them. However, these platforms and websites have been designed to provide a simple and user-friendly way to address the health issues that plague and worry us. So, there are only a few basic steps you can take to schedule an appointment with the doctor of your choice. Seriously, people don’t realize how quick and easy this process is.
Patients can evaluate their doctor, thus avoiding false evaluations. They can choose the top-rated physician in their specialty, the one recommended based on the patient’s history, and then book an appointment online using any Internet-connected device.
Patients don’t need to be avid Internet users, they just need to follow a few steps to easily access their online booking. Also, a few tips on how to proceed, and the patient is then able to use these tools correctly. Thus, he chooses the time that suits him, as well as the type of medical specialty required.
The reservation is made automatically. The patient has a space where he/she can manage his/her appointments, and a public space where he/she can access the specialist’s online profile, where it is possible to consult his/her public agenda, as well as the evaluations of other patients.
These technologies were developed because of the need to be able to provide a service that is often chaotic and stressful for its users, but that can end the wait associated with requesting and booking an appointment, and that is also able to optimize the processes between insurers and their medical staff. These systems eliminate the need for unnecessary phone calls or trips to the doctor’s office. In addition, the user can make appointments at any time of the day.
With the increase in the number of new diseases and the amount of information available around the world, we are overwhelmed with doubts about our health. Moreover, personal and medical problems may also prevent the person from undertaking long journeys, or from facing long and tedious waiting lists to be able to consult a doctor who can carry out a complete check-up, and decide to carry out routine laboratory tests. For some medical reasons, the more comfortable option is to have the doctor come to the patient’s home to perform the medical consultation, which avoids the inconvenience of transportation, and offers the patient quality of life as well as physical and mental peace. In this regard, there is no need to call the insurance company or to take additional steps. To obtain these services, a simple click and a few searches are enough. Needless to say, these technological advances are one of the biggest benefits for seniors.

We must take advantage of all the possibilities offered by the Internet and by data storage in the cloud to adapt the consultation to patients, who are looking for quality, speed and immediate access; this last criterion being one of the most recurrent requests among patients. Everyone demands speed and quality, why not get it from the comfort of your own home?

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