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Digital health tools witness an upsurge in the usage in post-surgical treatment.

npj Digital Medicine in the past week published a review studying the efficiency of Digital Health Tools. They use tools like mobile apps and wearables for monitoring post-surgery patients. Researchers of Edinburg University examined 44 instances where the DHI (digital health intervention) monitored postoperative patients after discharge.

They found out that although these tools proved to be helpful, there were also a few issues. However, post-discharge complications can inhibit patients’ recovery and lead to rehospitalization.

There were various methodology as well as outcome definitions. This limits the researchers’ end result on the efficiency of the Digital Health tools. The examiners declared that DHI had proved to be an efficient tracker of postoperative analgesic requirements as well as patient recovery. In turn, it also reduces the use of hospital resources in the post-surgery period.

They continued, ‘The capture of longer-term outcomes were also possible beyond 30 days, particularly for orthopedic procedures and to monitor weight loss’. They also added that DHI could also detect and classify wounds in the primary stage, which was agreeable with physicians.

The study found that the quality of these tools needs lifting in case of cost assessment, transparency. It also needs patient engagement, and data security, sharing proper datasets for meta-analysis during the process.

They opined that “Companies often have a market strategy that relies on proprietary algorithms and closed data sets, making it difficult to evaluate these innovations. This problem exacerbates when such algorithms get updated, complicating longitudinal comparisons of measures even within the same brand device.”

However, health systems kept on depending more on DHI. Also, these tools for keeping in touch with patients after discharge from the hospital. Hence the researchers recommend that for popularising the use of these tools, their quality needs improvement. Particularly pointing out the updation of the reporting quality assures replication for future use.