Development of telemedicine sector in Russia
According to Berg Insight, the amount of eHealth patients worldwide will grow up to 50.2 million people by 2021. Besides, it refers only to users of portable devices that monitor their health condition.
Telemedicine has acquired an official legislative status in Russia since January 1. It means that doctors can legally advise patients remotely and receive data from their portable smart devices, share experience with colleagues, and eliminate a great deal of red tape. What prospects does this fact offer for Digital Health business in Russia?
- The increasing demand for portable devices reading body condition data, including fitness bracelets, smart adhesive plasters, and blood sugar level controllers.
- The necessity for IT products: expert and diagnostic systems; doctor-to-patient and doctor-to-doctor communication programs.
- The need for telemedicine provider services, development of online services, integrated systems for information collection and processing.
- The development of medical robotics: robots for diagnosis and treatment, conducting simple procedures and highly precise surgeries.
These advantages are supported by Sergey Voinov, the Head of IoT, Electronics, and Digital Health at Skolkovo Foundation. He believes that digital medicine has a huge potential in Russia.
– Concerning other sectors applying IT technologies, the Russian telemedicine market is purely comparable with the European one due to the amount of people living in Russia and the CIS countries. Besides, an important factor is the territorial distribution of consumers, which transfers the integration of digital medicine from the ‘convenient/inconvenient’ space to the ‘mandatory application’ space. Many remote locations do not even have medical expert consultation in many areas. The Government can significantly save if taking an appropriate approach to the restructuring of primary medical care. These technologies are also enthusiastically considered by the corporate sector focusing on the Developing Human Capital, Sergey Voinov believes.
Up to now, according to Allied Market Research, the most promising areas of the Digital Health sector are the development of medical IoT apps and corresponding gadgets. Telemedicine can potentially occupy 30% of the Russian private healthcare market, including pharmacology: one will be able to prescribe recipes and control sales of drugs in the electronic way as soon as the required statutory provision becomes effective.
Sergey Voinov thinks that the adopted Telemedicine Law of the Russian Federation will improve the availability of medical services, but it is just the beginning for other legislative initiatives.
– There is still a lack of legal framework. Without doubt, the law is an important milestone for the mechanism to start working. But it is just the beginning of the long norm setting way, and we fail to keep pace with our European colleagues in this regard. If all the legal issues of digital medicine are implemented, each citizen of this country will feel the convenience and accessibility of new healthcare services. Moreover, it will be clearly noted in the context of remote regions of the Russian Federation with the low density of population, Sergey Voinov explains.
You will be able to discover the opinion of experts and leading IoT developers at the fifth international conference – Internet of Things – to be held in Moscow on September 25. By the way, the telemedicine development issue will be revealed at the Industry 4.0 panel discussion. The prospects of this sector in Russia will be examined by the discussion moderator: Sergey Voinov, the Head of IoT, Electronics, and Digital Health at Skolkovo Foundation.