The all-in-one platform based on open-source technology seeks to provide remote populations in Latin American and Caribbean countries with telehealth services to monitor patients suffering from NCDs.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, accounting for 71% of all deaths worldwide. In the Americas region, 5.5 million deaths are attributed to noncommunicable diseases, which include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung disease. Because they are chronic, they require ongoing care. Worsening diseases, if left unchecked, can place an enormous burden on patients and also on healthcare systems.
The platform, created by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), aims to help diabetic or hypertensive patients control and monitor their disease and allow health workers in remote areas to create “advance triage” to counsel and refer patients before they they are transferred to a health center.
The platform, called “All in One”, integrates applications such as instant messaging, conversational bots or chatbots, patient files and digital prescriptions. You can also send a notification when a patient’s test results fall outside the normal range.
“The installation of the telemedicine platform at key points of reference will transform the lives of patients who in the past did not have access to monitoring and monitoring their health when they needed it most,” he explains. Marcelo D’AgostinoSenior Advisor for Information Systems and Digital Health at PAHO.
Making the platform available as a public good is another step towards PAHO’s goal of achieving universal access to health.
Implementation is planned for the Bahamas, Dominica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay this year.
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