The Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) says it has developed a digital platform to deliver telehealth providers to distant populations in Latin American and Caribbean international locations, making telemedicine the “new regular” for healthcare staff and sufferers managing continual ailments.
It stated primarily based on open-source expertise, PAHO’s All-in-ONE Telehealth platform was developed in 2022 due to the monetary contribution from the USA authorities and initially piloted in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The intention of the platform is to enhance affected person outreach and follow-up, with an emphasis on continuity of look after individuals with non-communicable ailments (NCDs),” stated Sebastian Garcia Saiso, PAHO’s Director, Division of Proof and Intelligence for Motion in Well being.
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NCDs are the main explanation for demise and incapacity on the planet, accounting for 71 % of all deaths globally. Within the Area of the Americas, 5.5 million deaths are resulting from NCDs, which embrace cancers, heart problems, diabetes, and continual lung illness.
PAHO stated as they’re continual, they require steady care and worsening situations, if left unchecked, can take an enormous toll on people and their households.
The platform can help diabetic or hypertensive sufferers in managing and monitoring their illness. It additionally permits well being staff at distant factors to create an “advance triage” to refer sufferers earlier than they undertake needed journey to a well being middle.
“The well being facility the place I obtain care referred to as me to ask me questions. How am I feeling? Do I would like medication? After I’m prepared, they’ve a prescription in my file and there’s no must journey to the well being middle, my prescription will probably be despatched to me,” stated Sue Ann Peters, a telehealth affected person managing a continual situation in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The instalment of the telehealth platform at key referral factors will change the lives of sufferers who up to now had no entry to well being monitoring after they most wanted it,” stated Marcelo D’Agostino, Senior Advisor, Data Methods and Digital Well being at PAHO.
Coaching for well being technicians and professionals, together with in simulation and role-playing workouts, can be a key element of the platform. This enables authorities to supply well being staff various studying methods, and to greatest choose when to make use of telemedicine or hybrid care, with the affected person receiving a mixture of telehealth and in-person consideration at an area clinic or hospital.
The platform integrates functions corresponding to instantaneous messaging, conversational bots (chatbots), affected person medical data and digital prescriptions. It will possibly additionally ship an alert when a affected person’s take a look at outcomes are exterior a traditional vary.
“The All-in-One platform is an important element of the digital transformation in well being in our area, not solely in stopping and controlling main NCDs and their threat components however bettering the standard of lifetime of sufferers with continual issues,” stated Garcia Saiso.
This 12 months, a rollout of the All-in-One platform is deliberate for The Bahamas, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Suriname, Dominica, Uruguay, Panama, and Nicaragua.