Mobile technology will drive the future of healthcare

What future for health? What factors will drive the sector? According to Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Founder and Executive Director of Narayana Health, healthcare in the future will be delivered to the world’s population on a mobile phone on the go and not in hospitals or in the office.

Dr Shetty, the “Henry Ford of Heart Surgery”, was delivering the keynote address, “Digital Disruption of Healthcare”, at the DH Bengaluru 2040 Summit on Friday.

“History will be rewritten as before Covid (BC) and after Covid (AC). They are two distinct time periods,” Shetty said. “The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that those not directly involved in patient care, who don’t need to touch the patient, don’t need to be in the hospital. I believe that the health care of the entire population of this world will be provided by a single device – the mobile phone. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, it is the device by which health care will be taken care of. »

He went on to explain that he personally monitors 20 of his hospital’s 500 patients, whether in intensive care or on the ward, and they are followed clinically on his phone. “I can do ICU rounds at 11 p.m. before I go to bed or at 4:30 a.m. when I wake up because I can check their chest X-rays, blood tests and heart monitor readings right from my phone,” he said, showing a patient’s reports on his phone. “You can communicate with the patient directly from the room. With a risk scorecard, I can know the possibility of him developing cardiac arrest. As soon as the blood chemistry was known, at least 20 people on my team would have seen the results.

Shetty explained that Covid-19 had disrupted the healthcare industry worldwide. In the near future, people first going to doctors over the phone for a diagnosis will become the new norm, he said.

“The doctor will have the entire medical history of the patient on their phone and make an instant diagnosis. They will only go to the hospital if necessary and everything else will be online,” Shetty said.

Using cutting-edge technology, doctors staying at home will be able to interact, treat and offer diagnoses to patients suffering from serious conditions such as kidney problems, heart failure and other critical health conditions, Shetty noted. This will eliminate errors and make it safer for patients.

Dr Shetty said healthcare is an $8.2 trillion industry and the largest in the world, yet less than 20% of the world’s population has access to decent healthcare . “Patient electronic medical records (EMRs) over the phone will be the norm. A QR code scan will give the doctor access to everything. Today, in the United States, millions of dollars are spent on checking EMRs on the desktop, which the doctor only sees a few times. As he checks his cell phone a hundred times.

“Today we have so many young men and women working in hospitals who are just picking up patient samples from room to room. It’s redundant. In the future, robots will be able to do it,” he said.

And giving an update on the near-universal digital takeover, Shetty said: “Uber, which owns no cars, Facebook, which produces no content and Alibaba, which owns no inventory, have become top companies. in their sector. Similarly, the healthcare system will be driven by software rather than physical infrastructure.

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