Embracing digital transformation trends is increasing at a faster rate than ever before. It is helping doctors by placing them in a better position than ever before so they can help their patients, according to Israeli medical doctor, Dr. Alex Winderman.
Currently serving in the Israeli army as a medical officer, Ukrainian-born Dr. Alex Winderman feels privileged to have joined the medical community of a country that has so much to offer in innovative healthcare. Isreal is one of the countries that has warmly embraced and innovated adaptation in the field of medical digital transformation.
1) AI and improved efficiency
Artificial intelligence (AI) can offer the medical world so much. However, one of the main issues currently surrounding it is ethical concerns about its reliability to supplement or even take over the regular decision-making process of diagnosing and patient treatment. Comprehensive training programs and the use of AI in combination with human assessment is the most reliable way to use AI right now. AI is also proving successful in the process of drug and vaccine design.
2) Integrating operations
Exchanging data between software systems is often cumbersome, and medical emergencies need faster integration. Creating faster interoperability benefits many areas of running medical facilities, including finding medical staff quickly in emergencies and having a patient history centralized database. This is the type of digital transformation that offers scalability and better access to medical care for everyone.
3) Telemedicine programs
Telemedicine allows more people to access critical services from remote locations. Telehealth is cost-effective and offers fast service to patients when social distancing or those living beyond the reach of quick medical intervention. China has implemented very successful telemedicine programs so far, and are planning to have 70% of their population enrolled onto the program by next year.
In the U.S., the only patients that can benefit from telemedicine so far are patients without insurance, but all that is set to change soon. Other countries working hard at getting their telehealth systems in place are Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.
4) Data and diseases
Collecting personal health data and its use may be contentious, but it can help save lives. In an experiment, people who allowed two universities access to their Facebook posts allowed the university to prove that they could predict 21 conditions like diabetes, anxiety, and depression. Data can help improve knowledge on how infectious diseases can spread and how to curb them. Data is knowledge, and medical science can use it to prevent many diseases.
5) Logistics and the supply chain
Getting medications and medical supplies to consumers on time is a challenge, especially at times of great demand. The supply chain is also important when delivering optimized medical care because it helps to free up beds faster, helping hospitals to counter their already shrinking margins. Inventory management is increasingly improving with the use of blockchain, and machine learning is helping hospitals keep better inventory.
6) The cloud and quicker decisions
Uploading medical information like blood tests and x-rays onto the cloud allows doctors to access it faster. This helps them make life-saving decisions in real-time. When a patient’s entire history is on the cloud, hospitals can track their entire profile, also making sure no important appointments are missed.
7) Patients are more informed
Modern patients don’t just listen blindly to their doctors but use the tools available to them to understand their symptoms and find out about advancements in medicine. Patients are also more aware of their risks based on their DNA and social behaviors. The more informed patients are, the faster they seek medical treatment if they suspect something is wrong, and the more effective treatment is.
Dr. Alex Winderman on his move to Israel
The motivation to move into the field of medicine was strong for Dr. Winderman. He loves to help his patients, just like doctors once helped him recover from the serious injuries suffered in a car accident.
On a trip to Spain for a national conference on infectious diseases, the Instagram sensation was offered an internship in Israel after delivering a successful lecture on the etiology of secondary meningitis.
Before starting his military training, Dr. Alex had completed his final year of studies at Technion University and had already completed his internship at the world-famous Sheba Medical Center.
“Being in the army has shown me the fantastic medical care Israel offers its soldiers, the best I have seen anywhere,’ Dr. Winderman says.
Dr. Winderman has also found personal happiness in Israel. His partner is the renowned dentist, Dr. Chen Hajib, and together they share an interest in aesthetic medicine. In Dr. Hajib’s family, Dr. Winderman feels warmly embraced in the absence of his relatives.