Jorge Moll, President of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, Talks About Technology in Aid of Medicine

Imagine attending a routine appointment and seeing your doctor using a device that can retrieve all your information using a single voice command.

“Technological innovation applied to healthcare is an exponential trend worldwide. Currently, it is almost impossible to talk about progress in medicine without mentioning the benefits that technology is providing”, says neuroscientist and president of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education, Jorge Moll, on the role of technology in healthcare.

The expert states that the technological advances that took place in the United States – particularly in the Silicon Valley  – “now overflow into the healthcare industry, opening new horizons for the sector “. Jorge Moll reports that Dr. Albert Chan, the vice president for innovation in patient experience at Sutter Health, – the largest healthcare network in northern California – paid a visit to the D’Or Institute in Brazil as a fellow of the prestigious Eisenhower fellowship program.

“Like ours, their institution has been seeking to incorporate new technologies into its routine practice, to improve patient care and experience,” said the neuroscientist.

During his stay in Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Chan debated major trends in the area. Chan’s goal is to educate individuals on how the implementation of technology can transform the way patients are attended and cared for.

Allying medicine and technology can bring benefits, for example, to routine consultations. “Imagine attending a routine appointment and your doctor is using a device that can retrieve all your information in a single voice command. Google Glass, the famous glasses by Google, are already being used for this purpose”, says Jorge Moll. The neuroscientist also listed additional benefits of this technology, such as more efficient and humanized interaction between doctors and patients, the ability to give full attention to each patient (since the doctor does not need to dig through files or take notes), and the improvement of safety and thoroughness while doing a medical assessment.

“At the end of the consultation, all the collected information is organized and stored remotely and reviewed by the specialist. As a result, there is an increase in productivity, which allows the physician the opportunity to deliver an overall better patient experience,” stresses Dr. Moll. He also pointed out that smartphones and tablets are also increasingly being integrated with medical care to facilitate data entry and retrieval. With the help of some applications, users have been able to access their medical records and even book appointments online.

“Such initiatives are part of the present and future of medicine. We expect that the healthcare ecosystem in Brazil, including hospital networks, entrepreneurs, startups, individual developers, private and public academic institutions and venture capitalists, is undergoing rapid change and sophistication, thus promoting the rapid advancement of medical innovation in our country. Specifically, we need to cultivate the power of partnerships to accelerate this process”, concluded neuroscientist and president of D’Or Institute, Jorge Moll.

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