Technology is rampant in this current world we live in; smartphones and tablets gradually becoming a staple in many people's lives, as research tools, as points of communication, as entertainment contained in a handheld device.
With potential consumers who are so familiar with the use of these technological gadgets and systems, it is not surprising that the healthcare industry is also beginning to take on and adapt them for their own uses.
There are many examples of the digitalization of healthcare around the world.
In Standford Hospital and Clinics in the USA, they have implemented a system called MyHealth, which is an e-portal with which patients can access their medical records and contact their clinic using a secure internet connection through both the desktop and mobile systems. Within MyHealth is also a virtual care network called eCare which allows patients to 'visit' their physicians through telephone visits or video conferences.
The Seoul National University Bundang Hospital in Korea is the first ever fully digital hospital. Doctors and patients are both able to access patient information through online digital systems. It also has a Smart Patient Guide, a real-time location-based service with indoor location tracking and clinic information. Each patient's bed has a bedside system with information and entertainment options as well as personalized services such as TV, Internet, hospital information, meal request and test schedule review.
In Japan, the Kyushu University Hospital Telemedicine Development Center uses telemedicine as both a tool for education and information sharing as well as for process optimization. They have used telemedicine to show live surgeries across countries as well as for the benefit of medical students to allow them to observe the process. Another possible use of telemedicine they have considered is to conduct consultations for overseas patients and teleconferencing from remote locations.
In this issue, people involved in the digitization of healthcare tell it to us in their own words. We speak to Ian Dalton, President of BT Global Health as he shares his thoughts on innovation in healthcare and the need for it. We also speak to two representatives of hospitals in Singapore, who have used digital healthcare in various successful methods. Finally, Napier Healthcare, winner of the Frost and Sullivan Promising IT Healthcare Company of the Year 2013, gives us an insight to their way of work and their plans for the future.
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