Virtual services are actively developing in all activities. It has become a new trend in the Russian healthcare as well. With the advent of epidemiological restrictions into our lives, telemedicine began to gain momentum.
New generation healthcare officially appeared in Russia in 2018, but telemedicine centers in the regions began to actively open up during the first wave of COVID-19 only.
How the pandemic affected the telemedicine development
Despite the fact that different countries of the world began using telemedicine long before the Covid-19 restrictions, healthcare began to adopt it only with the launch of quarantine measures. Telemedicine use has increased 20 times since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, according to a study by RAND Corporation. This figure has grown significantly in Russia as well. Chronic disease treatment, endocrinology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, psychiatric counseling and general long-term care have all become more affordable.
Due to epidemiological constraints within the past year, doctors have been in contact with patients like never before via phone or video chats. Specialists of Moscow Telemedicine Center conducted 820 thousand consultations in 9 months of work.
Even patients with COVID-19 have used remote medical care services. Due to overcrowding in hospitals, people with mild to moderate coronavirus symptoms received consultations by phone and video. The specialists of the centers were accepting such patients around the clock, providing recommendations. In the event condition of patients worsened, a decision on hospitalizing has been made.
Covid-19 has accelerated not only the development of telemedicine in Russia, but also the adoption of legislation in the field of telehealthcare. A bill is being actively discussed to make it possible to diagnose and prescribe treatment with the technology.
Health gadgets during a pandemic
Remote medical care is not the only trend. The developers strive to simplify people's lives and make it easy to access technologies that take care of the user health.
CES, a global consumer electronics show is held every year in the United States. Representatives of the high-tech industry unite to solve the problems of society. Of course, this year's event was impacted by a worldwide pandemic. CES 2021 was distinguished by innovations from global companies and startups aimed at fighting the pandemic. The main trends of the exhibition were home gyms, antimicrobial materials for equipment, gadgets for protecting health.
A non-contact video intercom by Alarm.com eliminates the need to press a button, thus protecting them from germs, bacteria and viruses that accumulate on surfaces. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the doorbell activates itself when someone is standing at the door.
But the device can be used for more than just alerting guests. The video analytics function can be configured to trigger other devices such as automatic lighting.
BioIntelliSense BioButton is a device that won Best Innovation Award in the Wearable Technology category at CES 2021. It is a coin-sized medical gadget that continuously measures body temperature, heart rate and respiration rates and tracks readings that could indicate symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, BioButton can track social contacts, which can help companies to get back to normal operations.
Stress reduction gadget from a wellness company Cove is designed to promote mental health and wellbeing. Cove Stress-Reducing Wearable is a wearable device designed to reduce stress and improve sleep. The manufacturer calls it a breakthrough in neurology. The gadget creates light vibrations behind the user's ears, activating the connection between the skin and brain, helping to combat anxiety.
Project Hazel is a smart mask concept from Razer. The gadget has active ventilation and a case with ultraviolet disinfection. The mask has a transparent screen so that others can see the user's face, which is especially important for the hearing impaired people. Device also features LED lighting to illuminate the face in low-visibility conditions and voice control technology ensures speech is conveyed perfectly.
Targus UV-C LED Disinfection Light is a CES 2021 Innovation Award winner. The device developed using UV-C LEDs provides non-contact disinfection of computer keyboards and other surfaces. The gadget is equipped with motion sensors that allows the system to wait for the user to move away from the keyboard. After that, the sterilization process begins.
COVID-19 epidemic has taken the tech industry to a completely new level. Development of telemedicine helps patients who live in remote areas and do not have access to healthcare. And thanks to IT, devices that protect us against pathogenic bacteria and viruses come into our everyday life today.
Learn more about the development of modern technologies in healthcare – join M-Health Congress 2021 that will take place on September 28 at Technopolis Moscow.