Find out how digitalization has affected new ways of managing corporate health and wellbeing
The development of new trends in health has always been around, although it did not really become a real need until this recent crisis. Although it is not new that everything related to our health is undergoing a digital transformation, in recent years we have seen a remarkable acceleration of this process due to the recent global pandemic, which has reshaped the lives of millions of people. the world, and in particular, the way we use health services.
According to the data provided by the study Cigna 360 Well Being In the case of Spaniards who used virtual medical assistance for routine check-ups or checkups, the pre-pandemic rate was 6% compared to about 20% during the pandemic. Even more surprising was the case of telemedicine use of prescriptions, which rose from 12% to 40%.
The expansion and development of digital solutions in health and social systems has resulted in the countries best prepared in this regard that have best withstood the impact of Covid-19. In particular, the demand for telemedicine has grown exponentially. Elena LongoDirector of Clinical and Clinical Innovations from Cigna Spain Clarify a point “Technology helps manage our general well-being. Since the pandemic began, the number of virtual appointments requested has doubled exponentially, and we believe this change will be permanent, with a virtual consultation with a GP or family doctor being the most requested service. CignaAndWe are investing in new comprehensive solutions that help people take control of their health, both mental and physical, and provide treatment whenever and wherever it is necessary.”
mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Cigna It identifies the advantages derived from digital acceleration that can contribute to improving the health and well-being of the population at work:
- Health, accessible indoors and outdoors. The challenge for mobile apps and other telemedicine tools is to anticipate and adapt to each patient’s medical conditions in order to deliver a solution.
Optimum in every situation. The digitization of medical records and data will make the home the usual place for routine health care and monitoring, and hospitals will be dedicated to more serious situations and emergencies. In addition, virtually many physician-patient contacts are made to reduce waiting and travel times, resulting in reduced uncertainty, increased peace of mind and a significant improvement in terms of travel costs.
- Physically and mentally strong employees. Technological advances are the best ally when it comes to preventing and detecting physical and mental illnesses. Innovative projects in biomedicine focus, now more than ever, on lifestyle care or early detection and corresponding advice for mental illness. Thanks to new working methods, which make much-needed freedom and flexibility possible at work, stress levels among employees have been reduced, making remote work the most effective solution to reconcile work and personal life. Namely, the issue of mental illness at work is becoming increasingly important for companies. In addition to promoting online therapy sessions, nutrition or sports, the use of artificial intelligence is rising exponentially to improve mental resilience and enhance various recovery techniques. Full focus of the mind That helps with emotional and personal well-being and, as a consequence, improved productivity.
- The value of investing in health. The goal is to achieve a positive impact on society by contributing to the general well-being of the population and transforming innovative healthcare projects into real solutions. We are facing an aging population that far exceeds the average life expectancy of past years, and it is these populations that will demand better health care and services in the very short term. In addition, new diseases appear as a result of the longevity of the population. With advances in technology, it is encouraged to build more effective, sustainable, agile and comfortable healthcare for patients, where everyone can have equal virtual access to their routine appointments, as well as follow-up of chronic patients.
- The rise of health consumers. If there is one thing that has accelerated the digital transformation of this sector, it is the constant need for knowledge. Internet access and easy access to various information sources have made taking care of ourselves an absolute priority. The development of mobile apps that monitor everything from our sleep quality to our heart rate during exercise has transformed us into active people looking for motivation to improve their physical and emotional health. In this sense, the development of biometric tools and sensors that help workers monitor the digital consumption of their work devices encourages us to be more aware of the hours we spend working in front of a screen, and reminds us of the need for rest as well.
at CignaAnd Innovation is part of our DNA and we are constantly betting on implementing digital solutions to improve access to holistic health. Thanks to these improvements, people are more informed about their current health status and possible diseases in the future. The implementation of these developments ensures a healthy ecosystem that promotes a safe, responsible and healthy relationship with the technology in any field.