Health is one of the most typed topics online: according to data from a study conducted by Brain & Company, every year Italians conduct 4 billion searches on google regarding their state of health (symptoms, diseases, various treatments). However, this ease in obtaining specific and detailed information often leads to false alarmism and unfounded concerns. This is why promising technologies suggest the advent of a new kind of healthcarewhich allows the individual to monitor their health in an autonomous, conscious and assisted way at any time of the day.
We know today that the first step to take care of ourselves is there prevention, that is, the implementation of healthy and correct attitudes that avoid excessive exposure to risk factors for various pathologies. Mindful prevention has never been as within our reach as it is now.
Digital applications in health. The digital health market is now worth about 25 billion, boasts a growth rate of 38% per year and offers various solutions, even within everyone’s reach: wearable devices are an example, which allow you to keep basic vital parameters under control. , or other valuable information such as oxygen saturation, heart rate, sleep quality.
But we went further and now the monitoring also takes place through swallowable devices: it is an example of this Proteus Digital Health, which helps the patient who needs it (in the case of mental illness, to name an area of application) to follow the therapy that has been prescribed. It is a pill that contains a micro-sensor which, once swallowed, sends signals to a particular patch placed on the patient’s skin which in turn transfers the information to the smartphone. The micro-sensor is then normally eliminated from the intestinal tracts.
The integration of these and other various features with technologies of cloudcomputing allow the creation of virtual medical records updated in real time and immediate sharing of these with your doctor, other family members or friends.
5 tools to monitor your health. In the market, they already exist innovative artificial intelligence devices, applications, systems and within everyone’s reach that can be used to keep their health under control on a daily basis:
- Skin Vision: Skin Vision allows you to monitor the health of the skin, offering the possibility of taking photos of moles or bruises, which are sent to a team of specialist dermatologists. During registration, the app asks the user a few questions, from which he derives the type of skin and the likelihood of risk of developing melanoma.
- Quardio: is a wireless instrument with its app that constantly monitors blood pressure, heart rate and irregular heartbeats. It can be integrated with Apple Watch, and this gives the possibility to share information with the doctor and eliminate one of the problems that affect healthcare systems today: doctor-patient communication.
- One drop: system designed to allow diabetics to monitor and store the most important information regarding the blood sugar level over time. It tracks weight changes, can help the patient define goals and offers the patient the opportunity to join the community and receive suggestions from other patients.
- Da Vinci Health: application that allows doctors and psychologists to visit patients via video call, helping them to solve problems that do not require physical contact. It is a solution that allows you to reduce costs and waiting times, offering a quality service.
- Apple Watch: in this case it is not an app but a very important interface that connects the various apps dedicated to health. It can be useful to remember to take a medicine, to make predictions on various diseases and to recommend specific medical checks.
Future Involutions. The spread of these technologies can positively impact the future e improve efficiency health systems, lowering costs and bringing benefits to both the patient and the doctor. A more aware and accurate prevention, in fact, translates into one lower incidence of pathologies which, in turn, means a reduction in the cost of treatment and an increase in the general health of the population. Furthermore, the constant search for new technologies applicable to medicine, starting with the massive collection of data by artificial intelligence systems, will lead in the future to immediate and valid diagnoses and related equally efficient treatments.
What about privacy? However, the massive data collection to be used to refine treatments and diagnoses through robots and AI systems leads to an ethical obstacle due to the privacy of such sensitive data. However, pursuing innovative and revolutionary paths is of crucial importance if we want to improve our living and health conditions significantly. According to the expert Roberto Ascione, CEO of Healtware group, we will have to “come to terms”: “The impact of digital technologies on the entire healthcare system is destined to be epochal and long-term.”