The most important thing is people. What digitalization changes for Ukrainians undergoing rehabilitation

The most important thing is people.  What digitalization changes for Ukrainians undergoing rehabilitation

Ukraine implements world rehabilitation standards. We are talking about electronic tools that will help not only in the recovery of people, but also in their adaptation to a full-fledged life. Ukrainians give the most valuable thing in the war – their lives and health for the sake of victory and a better future. Therefore, one of the tasks is to take care of those who can be returned to a full, active life – military and civilians, who were injured during hostilities and brutal Russian shelling. What digitalization will bring In Ukraine, it is planned to launch a digitalized rehabilitation system, which will become part of the electronic health care system (EHS). For doctors, this will mean that they no longer need to waste time filling out paperwork. Medical information about the patient will be securely stored, in particular, data about his health, rehabilitation interventions and examination results will be in the electronic medical card. Members of the rehabilitation team will be able to quickly exchange information and monitor the dynamics of a person’s recovery. Form an individual rehabilitation plan for the patient, and if necessary, adjust it. The patient does not need to keep medical records. For example, if a person is referred to another medical facility, then with his consent, a medical specialist and a rehabilitation team in any corner of the country will be able to access the data in the electronic system. As for the state, in this case, it will have an analytical tool for collecting information for the formation of relevant programs, development of health care facilities and assessment of the quality of rehabilitation services. And also – will be able to determine the need for rehabilitation specialists on the ground, plan financing; evaluate the distribution of funds. Returning a person to a full life There are deeper advantages of such an electronic innovation. The rehabilitation system, which is currently changing, undergoing transformation, will aim not only to restore a person’s physical and psychological health, but also to return him to a full-fledged life, preserving his work and social contacts. For this purpose, the rehabilitation functionality based on the principles of the International Classification of Functioning, Life Limitations and Health (ICF) will be implemented in the electronic health care system. In the future, this will help a person at all levels – to interact between medical, social, educational and other fields. And for all specialists to communicate “in one language”. In particular, a profile of a person will be formed on the basis of electronic data, which will enable other specialists to create programs for his recovery. Relevant online training courses on the basic principles of ICF and documentation management have already been launched for health care professionals on the “NSSU Academy” platform. Rehabilitation is free. The government has already regulated the procedure for providing rehabilitation assistance. The decision of the Cabinet of Ministers also ensures participation in the rehabilitation of a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Doctors of physical and rehabilitation medicine, physical therapists, occupational therapists, prosthetists, psychologists, speech and language therapists, social workers and other specialists should be involved in it. Such rehabilitation is free of charge and is guaranteed by the state in institutions that have contracted with the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSHU) under the package “Rehabilitation assistance for adults and children in inpatient conditions”. The most important thing in this brutal war is people. Everyone is important, and in this context the role of rehabilitation is paramount. Maria Karchevych, Deputy Minister of Health for Digital Development, specially for UP. Life Publications in the “View” section are not editorial articles and reflect exclusively the author’s point of view

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