In a world where a billion people live in extreme poverty, global health disparities are a pressing concern.
On one side, we have a pipeline of known life-saving technologies and knowledge, and on the other side, we have millions, billions even of people who don’t have access to them.
What we lack is the system to deliver that care to those people in developing countries who desperately need them. So, implementing efficient structures is one of the keys to reducing global health disparities.
In this article, we’ve rounded up a few innovative solutions made possible by technology advancement – solutions that have the potential to help decrease healthcare discrepancies throughout the world.
Globally, more people own a mobile phone than own a toothbrush. This represents a significant opportunity to help reduce global health disparities.
Mobile solutions can provide medical expertise beyond geographical limits to better manage and combat diseases.
For instance, telehealth can be used for better care delivery, as it allows long distance patient/clinician contact. Patients can be monitored remotely and receive reminders, education and advice via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.
This helps patients with chronic disease manage their own care and help avoid visits to emergency rooms and hospitalizations.
Also, because mobile technologies allow patients to communicate with doctors virtually instead of in-person, physicians won’t necessarily travel to remote areas to see a patient and ask them about their symptoms to provide a diagnosis.
Therefore, more people would have access to healthcare outside of traditional health-care facilities.
Many developing countries lack necessary medical infrastructure, such as diagnoses rooms or medical offices. There are also not sufficient qualified doctors who can provide quality medical care.
Self-diagnoses devices that allow for better self-care management and control represent a key solution in this case.
With the help of artificial intelligence apps such as Diagnosio can analyzes described symptoms and provide reliable estimates based on thousands of documented diagnoses and millions of previous queries.
Distribution of Knowledge and Expertise of the Global Community
Today’s technologies have opened up new avenues for communication and collaboration among nations.
By better harnessing the knowledge and expertise of global communities, local communities can access healthcare information which can make a significant impact.
- Collaboration with health institutions from developed countries can facilitate training and research.
- Allowing access to online books and journals to doctors and clinicians in developing countries to help them build their knowledge.
- Working with international medical experts to develop public education campaigns.
Be a Part of the Global Health Solution!
In some parts of the world, people die for the sole reason of living in a country which doesn’t provide access to the healthcare they need.
One in four deaths is from completely preventable or treatable causes like AID, tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious disease.
Demographics, education, economics, politics all contribute to shaping the condition of a country’s healthcare system.
There is no easy fix. And you may feel like you don’t have enough power to address these deeply rooted problems and make an impact.
But there are many angles of engagement, many ways to get involved and make a difference to improve care in the developing world.
InEmpathy is an organization committed to ending poverty and stopping epidemic diseases from spreading in the world via sustainable healthcare projects and charity programs.