How Tele-ICU Services by eNext ICU Helps to Provide Healthcare Services in the Islands of South Pacific Oceans?
Healthcare systems, especially in developing countries, have always suffered from a severe deficit of resources. Usually, in these regions, most patients find it almost impossible to follow through with regular check-up procedures due to the scarcity of doctors.
However, like any other problem, this issue has a solution too – the introduction of the TeleICU system in troubled countries.
This case study will attempt to understand the current scenario of the medical environment in certain South Pacific Ocean countries. Besides, it will also explore how the exclusive Tele-ICU from e-Next ICU can resolve those egregious issues efficiently.
To begin with, the most noticeable challenge faced by the under-developing and developing countries is the mismatched doctor-patient ratio. In India, the quotient usually revolves around 1:1456, which is quite an unhealthy number (required – 1:1000).
This situation is more prevalent in the island countries situated in the
South Pacific Ocean, such as Fiji, Tuvalu, and Samoa. For instance, Tuvalu has only 11 doctors available for every 10,000 people, which doesn’t even come near the primary requirement mentioned by WHO.
Another nation in this region, Samoa, has a more glaring statistic regarding the patient-doctor ratio. According to a report by Samoa Observer, there are only 79 medical practitioners available in the country. Hence, the proportion is around 1:2500 (doctor: patient).
The lack of a specialist in a particular medical scenario has prompted many patients to move to another country. However, the majority of the population couldn’t do so, as they were financially fragile.
Secondly, the prominent occurrence of various critical diseases has also been extremely challenging in the South Pacific Ocean region. According to Burnet, the number of people suffering from respiratory conditions, heart ailments, and diabetes has increased rapidly since 2005.
Moreover, STDs, especially HIV, have also been affecting the population of Fiji massively. As of 2017, there have been approximately 747 cases of AIDS found in the country. Additionally, the issue of non-communicable diseases (COPD, asthma, etc.) is also growing uncontrollably.
The Cost of Not Finding a Proper Solution
Finding a solution to these issues has been moderately tricky for Fiji, primarily due to its developing status. Hence, the ubiquity of critical ailments has increased pretty briskly over time.
As per a report published by WHO (2015), almost 19.7% of people in the country died due to diabetes. Conversely, ischaemic health diseases contribute to around 16.6% of the overall death toll.
The prevalence of diabetes was quite glaring in Samoa as well. According to a research report, almost 172.8 per 1000 people lost their life due to this issue. The heart-related issues were responsible for 160.6 people (per 1000).
Tele-Medicine Services by eNext ICU as a Solution
Telemedicine has always been a hot topic in the medical industry for several years. Nonetheless, the importance of such a system came under the view only during the COVID-19 era. It helped doctors to cover a decent number of patients by collaborating. A broad spectrum of Telemedicine services like Tele-ICU, Tele-OPD, Tele-Dialysis and Tele-Radiology will be provided by eNext ICU to the farthest regions.
The same can be seen in the prospect of uplifting the condition of current medical infrastructure in the South Pacific Ocean region.
Prime Minister of Samoa inaugurated their Countries first Tele ICU services by eNext in partnership with Medican Service Company.
A Tele-ICU environment usually features an audio-visual system. It helps the doctors to stay connected with patients located in remote areas and monitor them continuously. This way, they can treat even the critical patients without them having to use an ICU environment.
Aside from remote areas, telemedicine is also playing a noteworthy part, even in a hospital-based scenario. The physicians have covered around 479 beds quickly while treating more than 6500 patients with it.
Around 42,000 nursing or doctor rounds have also been completed due to implementing e-Next ICU’s Tele-ICU system.
Additionally, the Tele-ICU system has also improved the skillset of the doctors to a massive extent. It, sequentially, has aided in reducing the overall mortality rate by 40% in these areas. Besides, a 60% improvement in discharges has also been seen owing to this system.
The Tele-ICU system has improved the healthcare system of the South Pacific Ocean area. According to a report, eNext ICU is attempting to increase its usage in the other remote areas of this region. Hopefully, this will help in reducing the overall number of deaths in these developing countries and prevent them from moving out to somewhere else.