National chamber discusses ways of digitalizing medicine with Russian colleagues
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The National Chamber of Innovative Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan presented to its Russian colleagues an algorithm for the operational activities of the Government of Uzbekistan aimed at maximizing the effectiveness of the fight against COVID-19. This was reported by the press service of the National Chamber of Innovative Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
If on 15 March 2020, the first case of coronavirus infection was officially registered in the country’s capital, then on 22 March public transport was stopped in Tashkent, and on 30 March, restrictions on the movement of private cars were introduced and air traffic throughout the country was completely stopped. On 1 April, a self-isolation regime was introduced, which became mandatory for all citizens of the republic on April 6. Also on 6 April, restrictive measures were introduced for movement on motor vehicles (scooters) and bicycles.
These necessary and proven stages were detailed in a presentation by the Chairman of the National Chamber, Rovshan Izamov, during an online session on innovative technologies in healthcare, held on 30 June 2020 as part of the InfoSpace Forum. Its main organizer was the Council on financial and investment-industrial policy of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
The session on innovations in health care became a kind of “window to the future”, as it clearly showed what kind of development of digital medicine in the broadest sense of the concept was suggested by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presentations of the already introduced and only being developed were made by reputable experts in the fields of digital medicine, healthcare economics, pharmacology and others.
As was emphasized in the presentation of the National Chamber, a Republican special commission was immediately created in Uzbekistan to take measures in connection with coronavirus infection under the leadership of the Prime Minister of the country, which completely determined and determines the strategy and concrete measures at all stages of the pandemic. The effectiveness of these measures is confirmed by statistics related to COVID-19, which in Uzbekistan is much more prosperous than in many other countries.
The session addressed issues such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on accelerating the digitalization of the healthcare industry, government support for innovative medicine and investments in it, the introduction of an automated system for monitoring the movement of drugs, future medicine: breakthrough technologies and digital transformation solutions - artificial intelligence, blockchain, telemedicine and several others.
In particular, among the forecasts on changes in the healthcare organization related to the influence of technology, digital monitoring, prevention, and therapy were discussed; diagnostics and decision making with the help of artificial intelligence.
The introduction of digitalization in the organization of medical care (Deloitte technology), according to experts, will increase the accessibility of doctors due to synchronization, allow the patient to be involved in how he is treated or, in the language of documents, in managing his care. The quality of care for the patient will improve due to the established exchange of information between the patient and the doctor. And all these forecasts are not a thing of the distant future, because during the COVID-19 pandemic, many elements of digital medicine received a practical run-in, in particular during the management of patients with a milder form of the disease, placed in home quarantine.
This experience is very important for Uzbekistan, which also begins in July to use such a method for the management of patients with COVID-19, which have an asymptomatic or mild course of the disease.
Participation in this online forum allowed specialists to exchange experiences and relevant developments, to establish contacts that could be the beginning of fruitful projects in the field of digital medicine.