Benefits of Digital Health

Digital health is a symbiotic relationship between information technology, computers and healthcare to optimize efficiency, quality of services and healthcare outcomes for the patient and the provider.

On 15th August 2015 the new Prime Minister of India made a call to move towards a digital India by revolutionizing healthcare delivery through the use of telemedicine. Models of telemedicine and m health have a proven efficacy and are both scalable and replicable in both an urban and rural setting. This has greatly increased healthcare accessibility to India’s rural population providing them with many cost effective healthcare solutions. The success of this has been as a result of acceptability of information technology at hospitals across cities all over India.

Electronic medical records or EMR’s are a safe way of storing medical information for long periods of time. They can be accessed anywhere at any time by either the patient or healthcare provider. They reduce dependence on storage space, save time and paperwork for the provider.

The patient get to access their own records, actively participate in their healthcare management, seek reliable information on the internet, make informed choices and reduce their cost of healthcare expenditure.

Digital health tools help patients to book appointments with doctors, arrange for home collections for pathology samples, home delivery of regular prescription drugs thus making healthcare more convenient and efficient.

Patients can view their diagnostic test results on the digital platform, share the information with the provider and mutually make a plan of care best suited to individual needs.

Remote patient monitoring helps patients and providers to assess chronic health conditions that require regular follow up without the need for frequent hospital visits or indoor treatment.

For people living in rural areas telemedicine provides access to doctors working in urban tertiary healthcare facilities and provides healthcare service delivery of the highest standards.

In India what’s app is the most frequently used mobile app to share information between patients and doctors and also between doctors to discuss patient conditions or diagnostic reports to provide the best healthcare outcome for the patient.

Drug information systems help to alert a pharmacist to potentially harmful drug interactions, reduce prescription errors and help patients to take their medications regularly.

There can be no substitute for a face to face consultation and examination by a doctor yet with increasing pressures of work life balance, time constraints and distances involved digital health is an innovative way of providing cost effective healthcare delivery.

Searching for a Drug Rehab Center?

There is no denying the fact that joining a rehab center is a problem especially when it comes to the elimination of addiction to alcohol and drugs from the very bottom or the roots. If you too are battling a war with drug addiction, it is quite likely that you might be in search for a rehab center known for its high success rate. One of the most important criterion that people often look for before joining a drug rehab is the cost that enrolling in for the same entails. Well, if you feel that joining a drug rehab center might not fit the bill for you, you need not worry as there are many centers that can come to your aid. Read on to know more about the same.

Talking about cost effective drug treatment centers, the first name that comes to one’s mind is joining a drug rehab center operating on the principle of non-profit. Put in simple words these are the treatment centers as run by several religious organizations and the government with the sole aim of making society free from any vice of drug addiction. Its primary motive is not to earn profit, but to ensure that more and more addicts are freed from the clutches of drug and substance abuse at the earliest.

It is suggested to opt for those rehab centers that are covered under the insurance policy. Most of the rehab centers offer an inpatient treatment which requires the patient to stay in the drug rehab till the time the person is completely weaned away from addiction. Check with your insurance provider if the expenses are covered under the insurance policy or not. Opt for the drug rehab where you can easily make use of your insurance policy and get a reimbursement of the expenses born on your part. This can go a long way in saving a lot of your money.

If you can’t get to find any drug rehab center, which is covered under your insurance policy, do not lose heart. You always have the option of joining an outpatient treatment of the rehab center as well. Unlike an inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment does not require you to stay in the rehab for days at a stretch. All you need to do is to go to the rehab as per your scheduled appointment for counseling, drug detox session and other therapies involved in the process. This saves a lot of your boarding and lodging charges that the inpatient are required to shell out. Availing outpatient treatment prevents your pocket from becoming lighter, all the while ensuring that you do not remain deprived of quality services and treatments.

So, going by the above-mentioned information it is amply clear that you need not have all the money in the world to enroll in for a quality and renowned rehab center. Simply make use of the given tips and you can easily throw drug addiction out of your life and that too without burning a hole in your pocket.

Seniors at a Disadvantage When Purchasing Prescription Drugs Online

A recent national survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation in association with Princeton Survey Research Associates (PSRA) discovered that the digital world is still divided when it comes to seniors purchasing prescription drugs online.

The study found that approximately 30 percent of seniors (in this article, we define seniors as aged 65 and older) have used the Internet. However, 70% of their younger, seemingly more Net-savvy counterparts (50-64 year olds) are surfing the Net.

The dramatic differences between the two groups indicate that the next generation of seniors will be more able to make more informed online prescription drug choices, and that online sources of pharmaceutical information may become more important as these 50-64 year olds age. Currently, only 21% of seniors have, at one point in time, viewed an Internet site for health information, whereas 53% of their 50-64 year old counterparts have done the same.

The survey also found a link between senior’s annual household income and their propensity to go online searching for health information: only 15% of seniors in the $20,000 a year or less income bracket have searched the Web, as opposed to 40% of the $20,000-49,000 income earners in the same age group, or 65% of the $50,000 and over bracket. Unfortunately, most of the $20,000 a year or less seniors are also on Medicare (64%).

Prescription drugs online have become, in the past several years, one of the top health care topics searched, with 13% of all seniors having researched pharmaceuticals at one time or another. Only 5% of seniors, however, say that they have researched drug costs online, with the same number stating they’ve purchased prescription drugs online.

With the new Medicare reforms that enable the use of discount drug cards, websites such as the federal Medicare.gov have become crucial comparison methods for seniors looking to save money. And yet, less than 1% of seniors’ doctors have recommended prescription drug websites to their clients, but more than half of the seniors participating in the survey have received emails from pharmaceutical companies that advertise medicines, nutritional therapies, supplements or other health related items.

Purchasing prescription drugs online shouldn’t be a hassle for seniors, and yet when looking at these statistics, it’s fairly evident the digital divide still exists; at it’s most disproportionate the tools created to help the most disadvantaged are not being used. Even though more than 30% of seniors have stated that the Internet is something they “wouldn’t want to do without”, and more than half feel the Internet keeps them in touch with loved ones, they are still not using the Internet to research prescription drugs online – or as much as they could be.

Hopefully, with this new research and increased awareness from those who support people over the age of 65, seniors can start researching, asking questions about and purchasing prescription drugs online with little to no hassle or headache.

Copyright © Stephen C. Dayton 2005