The use of telemedicine and the application of new technologies can help to alleviate one of the main challenges facing healthcare systems today: the longevity of Spanish society. Telemedi advocates the implementation of hybrid models that help care for the elderly, but also for those who will be elderly in the coming years.
Spain stands out as one of the countries with the longest life expectancy worldwide. This fact, together with a plummeting birth rate in recent decades encouraged by various factors, including the economic crisis, has made Spain a country with an inverted population pyramid. Thus, it is undeniable that the ageing of the Spanish population is a fact, as is the responsibility of institutions to promote better habits today for the health of tomorrow. In this context in which society is moving towards longevity, the key may lie in the implementation of new technological resources such as telemedicine.
To combat this challenge, Telemedi is committed to creating a catalogue of problems and solutions that can not only be reviewed and consulted remotely, but also to improve public health services and ensure that hospital visits are made only when necessary. Working on this type of solution will make the implementation of hybrid models in the healthcare sector easier for all stakeholders and improve patient care.
With a presence in more than 20 countries and more than 100,000 remote medical consultations, Telemedi has a portfolio of more than 500 doctors on its "Plug&Play" digital health platform, which enables continuous, fully personalised, and tailor-made monitoring of patients, even those less familiar with technology.
It is a platform that bases its philosophy on the fact that telemedicine and new technologies should focus on elderly, but also on those who will be it in the coming years (according to data collected by the INE in 2019, almost one in three people will be over 65 in 2060): the point is that the patient should have the possibility to choose and know which treatment route to choose.
In fact, in 2020 and 2021, the percentage of people over the age of 60 who used Telemedi services and made remote consultations was around 2.5%; considering that people aged between 40 and 55 currently make up more than 20% of the patient structure using telemedicine services, it is easy to predict that in the next 10 years the number of elderlies using remote medical services will grow dynamically.
EDUCATION AND INNOVATION TO MEET THE NEW CHALLENGES OF THE SECTOR
It is a constantly growing database that provides information on the structural changes in consultations year after year, showing how demand for new specialities is gradually growing. Innovative technology shows that 90% of problems are solved in remote consultations, confirming the effectiveness of this treatment channel.
Telemedi is currently working on offering new services, such as the possibility of measuring pressure and temperature, performing an electrocardiogram, checking saturation, or even carrying out a detailed analysis of body composition. The main idea is that patients can carry out these measurements themselves, at home, and that the results can be consulted with a specialist doctor.
In short, real solutions within the reach of the over-65s and which come to Spain with the aim of making telemedicine accessible and affordable so that people can live healthier and feel safer no matter where they are.
COVID-19 AND THE ELDERLY
Although society is currently in the process of immunisation and the acquisition of herd immunity, the use of telemedicine may mean that fewer people need hospital treatment, avoiding the need for older people to go to hospitals or primary care centres, which have become focal points of infection.
The health crisis experienced a few months ago led to a considerable increase in the use of this type of application, but by focusing on the over-65s, it is clear that the advent of telemedicine and the use of these personalised services make it possible to offer a quality control service to a population that is increasingly demanding new habits and ways of putting health first.
PR Manager at Telemedi