Think about a world the place medical doctors reconstruct human pores and skin utilizing superior techniques or scientists re-configure present medicines to deal with illnesses resembling most cancers.
Consider medical capsules remotely managed to ship medicine to sure organs within the physique.
This isn’t science fiction however actual tendencies in trendy drugs powered by digital expertise. Disruptive applied sciences resembling synthetic intelligence, massive knowledge, nanotechnology, 3-D printing and robotics are making such floor breaking improvements attainable.
The impression of digital innovation in well being care is already being felt in Kenya, due to exponential development in cellular expertise coupled with the widespread use of good gadgets.
Research have proven that although a majority of Kenyans have entry to cellphones, low earnings forestall them from accessing high quality healthcare.
This requires modern approaches to spice up entry to high quality, reasonably priced healthcare utilizing expertise. The World Well being Organisation (WHO) International Technique on Digital Well being calls on nations to make use of modern applied sciences to empower sufferers and obtain common well being.
Kenya has made strides in digital well being adoption as evidenced by elevated uptake of telemedicine and different novel well being options. Consider medical apps facilitating on-line doctor-patient consultations, house supply of medicines, and monitoring of key well being metrics like eating regimen and train.
Aside from comfort, transparency and affordability, expertise in well being disseminates worthwhile data on well being and illness prevention. With WHO estimating a scarcity of 4.5 million medical doctors and nurses globally, there’s a robust case for shifting from a reactive to preventive strategy in managing the rising illness burden.
Covid-19 has amplified the worth of well being and wellbeing particularly the necessity for a wholesome life-style. In a digital atmosphere, folks require the instruments to try this. That is the place digital well being is available in to attach shoppers, sufferers, well being care suppliers and well being professionals.
Also referred to as e-health, digital well being particulars data and communication applied sciences used to stop and handle illness in addition to promote wellness.
Kenya has embraced digital well being by way of the Nationwide E-health Technique 2016-2030 as a car for attaining the very best requirements of well being. Nonetheless, the profitable rollout of the e-health technique requires collaboration between the State, the non-public sector and different stakeholders.
The non-public sector brings in innovation, capital and expertise required to construct scale for the digital or e-health agenda. At UAP Previous Mutual, we noticed a development the place extra Kenyans are on the lookout for the precise instruments to handle their well being and wellbeing.
Additionally they need the precise data to make knowledgeable choices about their well being.
Primarily based on these insights, our clients can get their medical prescription delivered to their doorstep. That is by our pact with Livia Dawa, who present drug supply companies to all our medical shoppers.
Our clients take pleasure in as much as 40 per cent financial savings on their prescription prices. Psychological well being and wellness are key as we speak.
As UAP Previous Mutual, we now provide tele-counselling companies, the place we join our clients with counselling specialists for digital counselling classes.
Digital well being equips medical care suppliers and insurers with higher insights into their shoppers’ health-seeking behaviour and modern merchandise that meet particular wants.
For medical underwriters, it’s encouraging extra folks to join medical insurance on-line. Digitisation additionally improves service effectivity and creates a pleasant buyer expertise.
It reduces fraud and different malpractices that amplify dangers and prices in medical insurance coverage.
A serious problem is entry to a smartphone, Web and misinformation. There’s additionally a must spend money on bodily infrastructure since sufferers go to well being services for therapy.
-The author is the Managing Director at UAP Previous Mutual, Insurance coverage Enterprise Kenya