While digital therapeutics started gaining traction in the last few years, the pandemic unveiled the pitfalls and shortcomings in the health care infrastructure. Patients, now more than ever, require more seamless and accessible health care services. Given the demand in access to health care and treatment, stakeholders are investing more of their time and interest into digital therapeutics. Below are the major benefits of Digital Therapeutics.
Greater Access to Health Care Services
There are always capacity limits when it comes to meeting a physician or medical professional in person. Oftentimes, seeing a specialized health care professional can take weeks and months. This is even more prevalent for individuals living in rural areas who have a harder time accessing the health services they need. Death rates were higher among those living in rural areas in comparison to those living in urban settings for the same seven diseases.
However, with the utilization of digital therapeutics, patients can still receive medical treatment and services from remote areas. Since the majority of people own a mobile device, they can receive medical assistance from anywhere. For example, many companies developed apps and websites to treat diabetes with tailored, and data-driven medical guidance. The app accurately monitors blood glucose levels and provide patients with treatment as well. Beyond access, many digital therapeutics are offered in multiple languages to make sure anyone with English as a second language can still make use of the technology.
Tailored and Data-driven
No two patients are ever the same – this also directly applies to health conditions. Digital therapeutics utilizes AI and other data sources to provide the most accurate and beneficial health measures to ensure patients receive treatment and prevention measures suited for them. Alternatively, some mental health-focused digital therapeutics utilize well-supported research to develop effective video-based games and apps to provide optimal treatment. Medical professionals can then use treatment progression to provide further therapeutics to patients.
Regardless, patients will receive the best treatment plan when digital therapeutics are combined with other forms of medical therapy. Like any pharmaceutical product or medication, digital therapeutics are also subject to intensive clinical trials and journal reviews to ensure they deliver optimal treatment. The software must also comply with the patient code of ethics and undergoes risk-based assessment. As such, this ensures that these therapeutics have a low-risk and beneficial outcome.
With digitalized solutions in the picture, the number of creative treatments pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals can provide is limitless. A variety of digital therapeutics are administered as apps, online software, VR apps, and so much more. As such, patients can easily access medical services right from their mobile devices.
Additionally, newer forms of technology allow for more accurate reading and follow-up on patients. For example, The Breezhaler is a recently EU approved health device created by Novartis. The sensor attached to the inhaler tracks the amount of inhaled medication and monitors when the patient utilizes the device. From here, healthcare providers can monitor when the patient’s record. This provides them with accurate data tracking and avoids having patients self-monitor when they use the inhaler. Technology in this situation makes life easier for the patient and streamlines the process for healthcare professionals.