Digital health is not a new buzzword in the realm of tech. But these things, the phrase covers a lot of ground. And can mean a lot of things.
Here are a couple of important areas and terms however that you will probably continue to hear a great deal about.
Privacy – or GDPR (general data protection regulation). This is a huge area that covers everything from banking to healthcare provision and absolutely the ground where they meet. But it also means that there is a new, higher standard of privacy in town than “just” banking. After all, if your bank account is hacked, you might recover the funds. If your “medical privacy bank account” is exposed, you never get your privacy back.
Accessibility – the issues that surround people’s ability to access core and key services that are often critical to everyday life.
Mobility – infrastructure itself is beginning to change. Some people call this technology transition Web 2.0. But as humans re-engineer their environments, this includes issues about being mobile as a person as well as accessing goods and services digitally where no human travel is required.
Telehealth – closely related to many of these issues are the possibilities beginning to be offered by medical services that can be offered or even performed remotely.
Compliance – This is a bear that most consumer facing IT efforts trip over frequently. Why? There are two sides to this – namely that the patient must have regular access, and further that the patient must comply with medical procedure. Outside a hospital, these are very tough issues. Including the fact that the vast majority of digital delivery services assume that the chronically ill are treated only in hospital.
MedPayRx’s platform touches on many of these issues and more with its design and rollout.
What About The Technology Itself?
Digital health also spans a vast range of exciting technologies – from the world wide web of today to what is now on the immediate horizon. This includes technologies like:
Blockchain: This is cutting edge technology that originally came out of the banking crash of 2008. Many of the applications developed in the “fintech” space use this tech to create monetized “tokens” or cyber currency. Many other applications however, use this technology as part of automation. This is how MedPayRx will use blockchain technology.
AI: Or artificial intelligence for short. This is a way of teaching machines how to learn and repeat if not respond to new stimuli. There are increasing applications for AI in this field, and MedPayRx is already planning on using some of this technology in later rollouts.
IOT: (Or the “Internet of Things”). Refers to something that is in process of being built – a connected online matrix created by telecommunications and data (or the “internet”) which will connect gadgets and automate processes in many different ways. MedPayRx is an early adopter of this use case on the blockchain front. Stay tuned for more developments and explanations coming soon!
Encryption: Encryption technology is making much of this transformation possible. Encryption is the process of securing data by “encrypting” it via a code that is very hard to crack. Data must be encrypted and then unencrypted to be read.
Hashing: Hashing is a form of cryptography that literally transforms digital data into a new code that is considered the toughest form of secure data to crack. While nothing is ever impenetrable, hashing technology is a form of cyber security that will play a big role in all digital health cyber security applications that touch any kind of personal data or must reveal it at certain junctures to authorized personnel beyond the patient.
MedPayRx will use several forms of cyber security in its full service provision model.