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How Technology is Transforming Healthcare Systems in Africa

For years policymakers have struggled with how to improve the healthcare systems in Africa. The challenges have been immense and the lack of trained doctors and nurses, equipment, logistics, and even corruption have made it difficult to provide those who are most vulnerable with the care that they need.

However, things are starting to change and, in many ways, the transformation of healthcare systems around the world has nothing to do with government. Instead, changes are being driven by the combination of talented engineers the world over and the technology they produce.

Digital innovations has made it possible for healthcare service consumers to access medical information, monitor vital signs and carry out a wide range of medical tests via their portable devices. This was never possible some years back. That tells how much technological innovations is vastly disrupting the healthcare industry.

With that in mind, here are some of the way which technology is transforming healthcare in Africa.

Ways Innovation in Technology is Transforming Healthcare Systems in Africa

How Technology is Transforming Healthcare Systems in Africa
In Africa, technology has been the driving force of industries including healthcare industry. Here’s how technology is disrupting and transforming healthcare systems across the continent of Africa.

Dr. Roboto

It used to be that people would die because there was no doctor in the area. At the same time, rural doctors tended to be overworked – especially during periods of conflict or disease outbreaks when the need for doctors peaked. But all of this is starting to change, thanks to technology.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled systems are helping doctors, nurses, and other care workers around the world to improve treatment, and outcomes, for patients. While much of the focus has been on high-profile studies in urban areas, AI is also making its way to the countryside.

In fact, developers are already in the process of rolling out AI-enabled solutions based on anonymous blockchains to make it possible to expand access to healthcare at a fraction of the cost when compared to more traditional solutions. The result is that at-risk populations can get the care they need when they need it, which will help to lower the total cost of healthcare systems in the developing world.

Intelligence Clinical Decision Support

Even though doctors are highly trained, no one doctor can know everything there is to know about medicine. In fact, the sure pace of clinical innovation makes it impossible for the best doctors to know of the latest and greatest treatment options.

Enter MD Guidelines. This is a software-centric approach to better clinical decisions by increasing access to the lasted in evidence-based treatment, allowing doctors everywhere to make the most of the latest breakthroughs in medicine.

Not only will this make life easier for doctors, many of who are overworked, but it will lead to better outcomes for patients everywhere. The result will be more agile healthcare systems, and this will help policymakers to better meet the needs of its citizens – especially as African nations rapidly develop.

Don’t Go to the Lab; Have the Lab Come to You!

While Theranos turned out to be the scam of the century, the reality is that many others are working on ways to use technology to decrease diagnostic costs and improve reliability. However, there are two competing approach – one which focuses on low-cost, high functionality devices, and the other which relies on drones to move samples back and forth.

At stake here is the view of the world, at least as it pertains to medical diagnostics. While the drones would help to support a highly-centralized ecosystem, the introduction of diagnostic devices and applications would lead to a round of decentralization and could revolutionize healthcare.

The reason is simple, even with drones, wait times and logistics are an issue related to transporting samples. While having low-cost devices installed in the field would allow doctors and nurses to conduct a slew of tests on site and without significant delays in performing the tests.

The shortened cycle team not only means less waiting, but it could also eliminate the need for patients to make a non-essential trip to their local doctor. This is especially important in rural areas where it could take hours to get to the nearest clinic.

Improved Working Conditions

One of the biggest challenges facing the healthcare system in Africa has been the exodus of skilled professionals to developed countries. This largely has to do with working conditions which are often stressful – even in the best of times.

As such, the integrations of technology solutions such as blockchain, AI, robotics, drones, and even specialized devices could make life easier for those whose job it is to look after our lives. The hope is that widespread implementation will stem the tide as skilled professionals choose to stay closer to home. The result would be more healthcare workers enjoying a better quality of life in their home countries.

Technology can make life’s better and when it comes to its integration with healthcare systems it is transforming healthcare systems everywhere – even in Africa. Just recently, USNews ran a post on several ways technology is transforming healthcare systems across the world. This emerging trend will not only change our lives for the better but will also help to ease many challenges facing policymakers for years.

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Tech Giants Smartwatch Makers vouch to make those Wearables Monitor your Health

Apple, Google, Samsung to bring health monitoring apps on their smart watch products.Smartwatch wearable

For some decades, medical research technology industries have been looking for ways diabetics can successfully check their blood sugar level on-the-go. Now, mobile tech giant companies are coming into the scene.

Apple Inc, Google Inc and Samsung Electronics are working on applications that could turn the newly innovated wearable gadgets like Smart watches and bracelets into a health monitor system such as blood sugar monitor.

Our source speculated that some of these firms have hired medical scientists and engineers and taking permission from the US regulations about developing glucose measuring features on next generation wearable gadgets.

The pioneering technology may be limited, but later the companies will graduate into competing in the world blood-sugar tracking industry that will worth more than $12 billion by 2017 according to a research figure from GlobalData.

29 million Americans are afflicted by Diabetes as about $245 billion was spent over this in 2012, a figure that will rise by 41 percent in five years. Many diabetics have to prick their fingers almost 10 times daily so as to check their blood glucose level.

Non-invasive technology could help in this area, ultrasound or electricity could pull glucose to the skin for measurement or a light could shine through the skin for the spectroscope to measure presence and quantity of glucose.

No comment was gotten from Apple, Google and Samsung, but the director of US FDA’s chemistry and toxicology device division spoke to Reuters that a marriage between glucose-sensing and mobile device has being “ordained from heaven.”

Apple executives help a meeting with the FDA last December where the FDA described how it may regulate glucometer that measures blood glucose level.

As a report that was gotten from Apple Tool box blog, such device would likely avoid regulation if used for nutrition, but may go under regulations as medical device if marked to diabetics.

Recently, Stephen Oesterle, Medtronic Inc Senior Vice President acknowledges Google as the next great rival for medical devices; it has been funding research and development or R&D.

He said that Meditronic invests about $1.5 billion annually on R&D, and its mostly “D” but Google invest about $8 billion annually on R&D, but he can tell it’s mostly “R.”

Some of the research plans Google has made public includes the development of the “smart” contact lens that measures glucose. In the blog post where the smart contacted lens is broadly discussed, Google says, the LED system is able to warn of high or low blood sugar by flashing tiny lights. Recently, it said that it is looking for partners to bring the product to market.

Past attempt to accurately use non-invasive technology have been distorted by body movement, temperature, hydration and fluctuations. Tears pretty gets lower concentration of glucose making it harder to track.

But the Life science team making the lens and other research in the same line is working in the Google X facility, where major breakthroughs such as the self driving car came forth said a former employee who requested anonymity.

Apple is vigorously working on the iWatch which is expected to ship in October confirmed by three sources at a leading supply chain firm in a Reuter report, even though it isn’t confirmed if the first shipping will include glucose tracking sensors.

Yet, Apple often meets with executives and bio-sensors engineers from big medical technology firms such as Vital Connect, Masimo Corp and now-defunct glucose monitoring startup C8 Medisensors.

“The tech companies are very much interested in the field, as Google announced its smart contact lens, that was one of the best occurrence in my career said Palikaras, CEO of Mediwise, We have been getting tons of emails”

Samsung was one of the first to make moves on smartwatch, but failed to catch on widely, and since has introduced Simband, a platform for mobile health which could be connected on smart wrist bands and other mobile devices.

A Samsung employee who doesn’t want his name mentioned said the company is investing in non-invasive glucose monitoring and it is looking for partners and will allow developers to try out different software and sensors.

Reliable sources revealed that Samsung is working with startups to effect “traffic light” systems in next generation Galaxy Gear smartwatches that flashes blood sugar warnings.

Part of the investment Samsung has made in this field include Glooko, a startup that makes it easy for physicians to access patients glucose readings and had also invested $50 million Digital Health Fund in Israeli into a glucose monitoring startup.

Software developers said they are working on blood glucose data apps, which will be channeled particularly for use to athletes and health-conscious users.

Mike Lee, cofounder of MyFitnessPal said they are paying close attention to research around how sugar impact weight loss.