As technology improves with study and innovation, patients who suffer from some of the worst diseases can breathe a sigh of relief that their conditions can improve, as part of the benefits of digital transformation in healthcare.
As of today, Bayer Digital Healthcare UKI announced the launch of its first digital patient support package – My Kidney Assistant. It is designed to provide type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients with the necessary tools to monitor and improve their kidney function. According to the company, the package will be available to a group of patients in England who have already been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
My Kidney Assistant provides personalized health information and data saving features. The My Kidney Assistant permits users to access health data such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. The support package provides people with test results of their medication. One other feature is, patients can set up personal goals, including weight loss, activity levels, and their reduced consumption of alcohol. This application is expected to assist CKD patients in self-management of their health condition in order to live more happily and with fulfillment.
Digital Healthcare Necessity
Digital healthcare is not a luxury that can only be afforded to people with lots of money. Statements from the World Health Organization (WHO) reflect just how vital it is to the future of better healthcare. In September, a summit was held in Porto, Portugal, where the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, spoke about the importance of digital health and how it should contribute to all people’s health in the long run.
“We are on the cusp of a digital health revolution. It is abundantly clear that digital health is the present and future of our health systems, so we MUST ensure that there are no winners or losers, that everyone benefits, and no one is left behind,” said Kluge.
Digital health is much more ideal than traditional ways of keeping track of people’s health. Imagine if people lose their prescription written on paper or their medical history gets lost. This can make life unnecessarily difficult for the patient and physician. Mr. Kluge said Europe is in the best situation to be a leader in digital health because it’s starting from a place of strength. With this advantage in technology and resources comes the moral responsibility to contribute to the betterment of poorer countries – who are still in their development stages in implementing digital healthcare.