Smartphones are used more and more daily in the medical field. The camera function of smartphones that provides high-resolution images is now used by doctors to monitor patients who have had abdominal surgery, more specifically a surgical site infection (SSI).
Smartphones help people from a distance in medical assistance
These images help doctors treat them rather than visiting hospitals and taking time. It also helps in early diagnosis before the infection has progressed much.
Kenneth Mclean of the University of Edinburgh said that since the covid 19 pandemic, many people and doctors have relied on smartphones and other technologies for remote diagnosis.
He said that before there were difficulties in understanding patients and communicating the results to them, but now both parties have gotten used to this new way and the results are really good.
Remote consultation is preferable for people recovering because they do not need to go to the hospital and are at risk of infection. Doctors can also monitor wounds via live video.
A study was also conducted in this area in which 492 patients had enrolled, also known as the TWIST track. As many as 223 patients have been asked to provide consolation via online support for their recovery after laparoscopy.
A further 269 patients were asked for in-person consultation for their recovery. The online consultation took place on 3, 7 and 15 days. If a person discovered problems with their wound, they were asked to upload an image to a secure site which would then be verified by a special team of surgeons. These people were also checked after 30 days to see if they had been diagnosed with ISO.
During the online consultation, people were contacted on 3, 7 and 15e day, because the in-person consultation was completed after 30 days. It was found that 7.4% of those consulted online developed SSI while for the in-person consultation the rate was 9.4%.
While there wasn’t much of a difference in the total number, the main thing to understand here is that people who received an online consultation were diagnosed first because surgeons were aware of their condition.
Many researchers and doctors are pushing for a remote consultation because it saves both parties time and effort. However, there are many other factors that also come into play.
Many people don’t know how to use the technology, even though it sounds simple, but they feel more confident when they have an in-person consultation with the doctor. Many others have said that while remote consultation is always better, sometimes the doctor needs to touch and feel to understand the problem better.
Another issue with the remote session is the signal strength during a live video call. If the person stays away from the city, the video quality during the call will not be good, which could also lead to diagnostic problems for the patient. The prescription can be sent by the doctor to the patients and they can simply print it out or show the digital copy to the pharmacy to get their medication.
During the covid 19 pandemic, advances in remote technology have greatly helped patients connect with doctors. It has also led to the creation of many platforms that also offer reliable and fast consultation.
Many doctors and healthcare professionals state that in the near future more and better technological developments will significantly improve diagnosis.
A lot of new software is being created for the mobile platform to also support medical applications and most of it is made free for people to use.