by Daphne Tabone, Marketing Director
Throughout the 21st century, clinicians, researchers and health care providers have invested significant time and effort to find ways of increasing life expectancy. These efforts have been truly successful as the world has witnessed life expectancy dramatically increase.
In a recent report in The Telegraph, according to estimates published by the Office for National Statistics the average life expectancy for new born girls in the UK is on course to reach just under 97 years and four months within just over two decades. Baby boys born in 2037 will expect to live until 94 years and four months on average – with many living much longer. The projections, contained in a new report analysing the make-up of the British population, means that typical life expectancies would have increased by around a decade since the 1980s. It is also now predicted that average life female expectancy will reach the once unimaginable milestone of 100 in 2057.
Issues for the 21st century
As life expectancy increases all healthcare providers the world over have an increasing challenge to deliver high standards of services with spiralling healthcare costs. Take the case of Dementia; worldwide, 47.5 million people have dementia and there are 7.7 million new cases every year. This has a physical, psychological, social and economic impact on caregivers, families and society.
Heart disease and stroke are among the nation’s leading causes of death and major causes of disability. In the next decades, these conditions can be expected to increase sharply as the new generation ages.
Then there is the management of increasing patient health records including paper records tracking and document management. How can this be done effectively whilst saving on costs? The primary goal of technology and health care tools should be to facilitate access to patient documentation and records in the most efficient manner possible without losing the humanistic elements of the record that support ongoing relationships between patients and their physicians.
IT Health Solutions
At 6PM our aim is to create innovative IT health solutions for the 21st century. Our solutions improve the patient care pathway and provide an additional return on investment to healthcare providers by reducing cost and increasing workforce efficiencies. We team up with healthcare providers like the NHS and clinicians to build tomorrow’s health IT products.
Reference - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/