Sobyanin: Thousands of lives saved due to Moscow’s digital technology

February 15

Digital technology helped us cope with the challenges brought about through the coronavirus pandemic. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said via his blog referring to the services that had been introduced and the decisions that had been made.

The high level of digitisation in the city made it possible to create an integral digital platform in practically no time at all. It ensured that patients could be monitored at all stages. Today, this platform covers not only people with the coronavirus but also those who came into contact with them, as well as the immune status category. The platform is based on a single lab service system. All test results are at once shown on e-medical records and, hence, become accessible to both doctors and patients. This service has been available to people registered in Moscow since the onset of 2020. It stores the results of tests and examinations, information regarding appointments with GPs, if an ambulance was called out and plenty of other facts as well.

E-medical records have simplified the life of a doctor when it comes to the medical history of a patient and means they can now spend more time with them. Doctors have an opportunity to learn about the entire medical history of someone: consultations with specialists, diagnostic tests, record of appointments and many other things. The next major part of the platform is the integral digital patient register with personalised records, which makes possible tracking and monitoring  patients. The register is accessible in real time to all the sections of the healthcare system. A system of epidemiological investigation designed to identify contacts was expediently put together.

Moscow also began to introduce telemedicine. A telemedical centre designed for treating COVID-19 patients at home was launched in spring 2020. Its employees conduct online consultations, assess the condition of patients, provide recommendations and suggest treatment adjustments. This remote centre substantially reduced the load on the healthcare system and helped keep medical support at a high level. 

Photo by Maxim Mishin, Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government

The integral data base on COVID-19 patients formed in a digital format during the pandemic created unprecedented opportunities for analysing the situation. It made it possible to create in cooperation with private businesses a number of digital services involving the use of AI, starting with a computer vision technology for describing scans and ending with a system for supporting medical decisions.


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