Electronic health data
While doctors in India deliver medical diagnoses via Whats App,
smartphone apps are used for medical imaging, and electronic health
records become the norm, information technology is being fine-tuned
in every area of healthcare delivery. However, as with all digital information
that must be kept private, security is key. This is no less
so with digital healthcare information, where online privacy is historically
protected by the Hippocratic Oath to preserve the all-important
doctor-patient confidentiality. With the rapid development
and adoption of numerous competing healthcare IT systems there are
bound to be some failures in the protection of data. This is made clear
by the global media regularly publishing stories of leaked data and
hacked information systems. Read our report in healthcare information
and data security on page 62.
Healthcare funding is a complex issue, but one thing is clear – it
is a growing financial burden on governments which try to provide
affordable healthcare to a seemingly ever-expanding population. We
look at what countries in the Middle East, in particular Qatar, are doing
to implement a sustainable healthcare funding mechanism. Read
the report on page 36.
Last year Syria experienced its most deadly year since fighting began
there. It is a tragedy beyond comprehension. Healthcare has been
pushed into crisis mode. It is estimated that more Syrians now die
as a result of inadequate healthcare than as a direct consequence of
the ongoing conflict. In our report on page 24 we look at what the
WHO is doing to assist in the provision of healthcare in the war-torn
Researchers are testing a new stem cell treatment on multiple sclerosis
patients with some showing ‘miraculous’ results, such as complete
recovery after 10 years of suffering from the debilitating disease.
Read the report on page 73.
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