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Digital Transformation in Health: An Opportunity for Latin America and the Caribbean

Digital healthcare democratizes access to medical services, and as it continues to change the industry, more patients will benefit from a range of services that were previously out of reach.


The COVID-19 pandemic revealed serious structural problems in health systems; in Latin America and the Caribbean, deficiencies were detected in basic dimensions such as quality, outcomes, costs, and equity. Today, countries must manage the complexity of health systems amid an unprecedented economic crisis.

Against this backdrop, a recent report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) reveals that digital health transformation (DHT) offers a unique opportunity to harness technology's transformative power to address fundamental flaws and evolve the region's health systems.

TDS includes practices related to the internet and digital technologies and their correlation with new therapies and best practices to improve healthcare management procedures. It facilitates finding innovative solutions that will enhance the delivery of healthcare services, helping to improve patients' well-being and reduce the cost of services.

Luis E. Fernández, an entrepreneur who developed a platform that seeks to revolutionize hospital asset management through innovative technologies, asserts that “Digital transformation in the healthcare sector is a very challenging market, but not impossible”; therefore, he has focused on offering solutions that not only simplify the maintenance of medical equipment but also drive digital transformation in the healthcare sector.

Search for information via the Internet or using digital health applications (perhaps via cell phone) will enable patients to participate in making decisions about their healthcare.

A clear sign that the healthcare industry is recognizing the revolutionary potential of digital transformation solutions is that by next year, the global digital healthcare market is expected to reach a value of $504.4 billion, according to a report by a leading international market research firm. In addition, more than 5.3 billion Internet users worldwide will eventually need medical services at some point. And yet, as Fernandez asserts, “There is a lot of ignorance and lack of education about digital in general in the healthcare sector.”

Interconnectedness through the Internet is increasingly within reach; digital transformation services in healthcare, such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data, promise positive changes. Let's look at some examples of how technology will accelerate the digital transformation of healthcare shortly.

The most obvious use of AI in healthcare is automating registration tasks and eliminating human error. Still, it is beginning to play a role in predictive diagnostics and the creation of personalized treatment plans. As for the Internet of Things (IoT), healthcare wearables that collect biometric data will enable the generation of accurate patient profiles in real-time, and hospitals will have more and more IoT-connected devices, making operations much more efficient.

Robots will undoubtedly contribute to a greater extent to performing more complex and precise surgeries, even with the surgeon at a distance, not to mention how 3D printing has created customized prostheses and implants. There is also significant data (helping to create patient profiles and offer treatment options), cloud computing (remote healthcare services), and blockchain (verified electronic medical records). As innovation advances, exciting new possibilities for the digital transformation of healthcare continue to emerge.

Telehealth and telemedicine are vast and have a wide range of applications. Most excitingly, it is on track to reshape patient-physician interactions completely and will enable patients in remote areas to virtually access services they would not otherwise have been able to reach. Likewise, digital registry platforms, such as EHRs and HIEs, have made it easier for healthcare professionals to find the data they need to design effective and optimal treatments, and patients can also search for relevant information whenever needed.

Digital healthcare democratizes access to medical services, and as it continues to change the industry, more patients will benefit from a range of services that were previously out of reach. So, as new trends in digital healthcare emerge, the industry must be prepared to respond. The ability to adapt to change and embrace emerging technology will become one of the hallmarks of successful digital healthcare providers in the coming years.

Digital healthcare solutions will continue for years; their benefits and increased efficiency are too obvious to ignore. As the healthcare industry embraces TDS, the following trends will gain momentum. That's why every healthcare professional must keep up with the digital transformation.


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