Top e-health expert and pediatrician: We need to learn how to share!
Renowned London-based ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder expert, Prof. Ricky J Richardson, on obstacles to better healthcare in the connected world:
Professor Richardson, is there anything else you would like to discuss? Because you have enormous experience with telemedicine, with e-health, and also having worked around the world setting up pediatric services. Can you share your vision and experience on those topics? Well, I think, the most important message that I would give is that we need to have to learn to share. What’s happening at the moment is that everybody’s building their own establishment, but they’re not sharing information. I believe that the doctors of tomorrow will be information managers, because all of the knowledge is available on the internet, and if e-health is used wisely as a technical provider of networks and solutions, so if one wants a doctor who is a neurosurgeon and there isn’t one at hand where you are, you can reach out over the internet and find a neurosurgeon, and it doesn’t matter where he or she is based, the important thing is that they become available, and all of that knowledge becomes available, For example, in Chad, if you went to Chad and were involved, unfortunately, in a road traffic accident, and then local doctors looking after you wanted a neurosurgical opinion, there are no neurosurgeons in Chad, the health service doesn’t support them. But if they could reach out over the internet, via Skype and reach a community of neurosurgeons who volunteered to be on-call or available at anytime, for a period of time, then you could strengthen the healthcare system in that country exponentially. And it brings resources to bear on medical problems that could never be achieved any other way. So I think, the message that I have learned is that we ought to learn to share more effectively, and that means sharing knowledge and resources, and e-health can bring that knowledge and resources to a global population, provided we put the essential bits in place, like a regulatory environment, like technologies which can be viable in countries where the mobile phone networks are patchy, by using satellite technology. So learning to share is my message. Professor Richardson, thank you very much for this very fascinating conversation, for sharing your wisdom in pediatrics and in e-health, and telemedicine! Thank you very much! – Thank you, Anton, it’s been a pleasure meeting you!