“When dealing with patients in a hospital or elderlies in a nursing home or via remote care, safety is everything. Introducing new digital solutions always poses a risk for errors – and introducing them to a sector already greatly under pressure, poses an even bigger risk. However it is no secret that the mounting demand for resources in the global health sector imposes to find new digital solutions. The pandemic has forced everyone to urgently take action to ultimately succeed more” says Cristiano Cairo, CEO of the LEO Innovation Lab spinout, Klikkit, when asked about the current sectoral trends following the pandemic.
During the pandemic Klikkit has seen an increasing interest in adapting eHealth, especially in the remote care segment. In areas with low population density, it takes a lot of unnecessary resources to visit an elderly 4-5 times a day. At the same time, elderlies want – and should have – meaningful contact with health care professionals and as much autonomy as possible, without compromising safety.
On top of this, the sector faces tremendous challenges as there is an inverse relationship between the number of elderlies that keeps increasing and the proportional number of care professionals that decrease.
These are just a few of the reasons why Natasja Pedersen, Head Of Business Development at Klikkit, believes it will be a key driver going forward:
“The combination of large scale sectoral challenges and the need for elderlies to live as independently as possible makes eHealth something that can’t be treated as peripheral – e-Health will be a key driver for a safer and more efficient health system now – and in the future” she says and continues: “COVID-19 has put a big focus on the power of eHealth as an intuitive way of immediately gaining more resources without changing the number of staff – I believe that a part of the sectoral change is introducing eHealth combined with a new way of thinking about people in their third age” says Natasja.