New study shows that telemedicine is one of the primary ways to achieve the sustainable development goals of the UN
The goals of sustainable development – the universal impulse to transform our world-of the United Nations (UN) are just at the beginning of his career. Adopted in September last year, the ODSs establish a deadline of 2030 to mankind win their main challenges, such as poverty, hunger and water shortages, among others.
In the case of health, the goal is to ensure a healthy lifestyle and promote well-being for all, at all ages. To fulfill this objective, one of the solutions is to invest in telemedicine, with simple and cheap systems which make it possible to easily obtain information and diagnoses of patients, from a distance, and place them within reach of the medical teams. The good news is that the technology described already exists and is developed by a brazilian company: Hi Technologies, only Brazil’s representative entered in report 2, a deep Earth Starship and is reached. The release of the report takes place in parallel to the 71ª General Assembly of the United Nations, whose focus is rightly addressing the news related to the goals of Sustainable Development.
Hi Technologies appears in the study between global giants such as Tata, Danone, Symantec, NYK, Siemens, Marks Spencer, Iberdrola & and Unilever, among others. According to the Starship Earth 2, these companies are driving sustainable changes through innovations, partnerships and business models. The CEO of HiT, Marcus Ford, attended the launch of the study this week at UN headquarters in New York, in partnership with the Global Compact, the United Nations initiative to encourage companies to adopt policies of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
“A part of the future is already being uploaded in our present. The Internet of things, for example, is technically and economically feasible, and, as our product Milli Sweetheart proved effectively saves lives, “said Ford. Developed over ten years, Milli Sweetheart already examined more than 170,000 newborns in hospitals in Brazil.
It is a portable device, which provides a simple, painless and non-invasive monitoring of blood oxygen levels and share them over the internet with doctors, specialists, or other health professionals. This monitoring is important because oxygen levels below 95% indicate a possible defect in the heart of the child, which is hardly detected at birth or in the first tests, but that affects one in every 100 children.
And one of the doctors that entered the Oximeter in their routine successfully neonatologist Ernie Machado, of 53 years. For him, when he left the compulsory Heart testing, for neonatal screening of congenital heart disease in newborns, Reviews in 2013, researched to know which was the best option for examination and met the Hi test Technologies for little heart.
Since then, in Curitiba, the Maternity test is performed only through it in about 10 patients a day. In the three years of use, the doctor estimated that approximately 9000 tests were performed in patients from the hospital and other hospitals that indicate, by the fact that they are more accurate than the conventional Pulse Oximeter.
According to Dr. Machado, the biggest benefits of the device are the convenience that adds to the routine of work and the possibility of storing the results and share them with parents.
“I’m very careful about what I do and I can say that this type of technology facilitates the everyday life and brings security to medical work, to issue a report in two minutes with any precision. Since we adopted the device of my patients, five little heart tests showed changes. Four patients were referred to specialists to carry out examinations and, in a particular case, the quick diagnosis was vital to the forwarding of a newborn to perform a surgery that saved the life of baby “, exemplifies the neonatologist, Dr. Machado.
This is an example of how telemedicine can enhance the effectiveness of medical care. In addition to connecting patient and medical team, also allows to obtain a second opinion and a personalized assistance to chronic patients, the elderly and pregnant women at high risk. “Telemedicine will have a key role in the transition to a networked model that promotes prevention and service customization,” says Marcus. “The current health systems, public or private, are not sustainable. There are inexorable trends, such as the insufficient number of doctors, the ageing of the population, the cost spiral, the increase of non-communicable diseases (NCDS) and the decline of the effectiveness of antibiotics, fatally, will lead to the collapse this model in a few years. Only the cost of chronic diseases has the potential to destroy the health care systems “.
Founded in 2004, by computer engineering students Marcus Ford and Sergio Rogal, Hi Technologies develops products that connect health professionals with patients. Its first product was a software to remotely monitor the vital signs of patients hospitalized. On the good results, the company advanced to the hardware thread. Today, its product line includes Pulse Oximeter sensors, sleep apnoea detector, tele-ECG and delivery monitor, in addition to the aforementioned Milli Sweetheart. Today these solutions are found in hospitals in 22 States and now is used in 15 countries. In January of this year, 50% of the company was acquired by the positive. The aim is to be able to count on the experience and the Positive range without limiting the agility and the creative capacity of the HiT.
Hi Technologies is now concentrating its efforts on technologies to detect HIV, dengue fever, syphilis and Zika, in addition to monitoring your cholesterol, diabetes and many other health conditions. Ford recalls that 12,000,000 of Brazilians suffer from diabetes, but not all are properly. “One of the greatest challenges to the goal of Sustainable Development related to health is achieved is to make the patient get involved with their treatment. For this, he needs to have more access to information about your health “, analyzes Marcus. HiT devices are designed to be purchased also by pharmacies, and not only by hospitals. And, in the future, for people working as home care equipment. “This is our vision of the future: that every home can have your family health monitoring, which is a fundamental element for the treatments to be followed to the letter”, details Marcus.
Empowering patients will also empower doctors and health professionals, freeing them to take care of more people, more effectively and remotely. This decentralization of health care is inevitable due to growing lack of professionals in the field: only in the United States, it is estimated a deficit of one million nurses in 2020.