Last Friday, on September 4th, Vigo participated in the Latvian National Conversation festival LAMPA, leading the discussion “A doctor in your pocket. Science fiction or reality?”. The discussion was about digital therapy, its potential and current presence in Latvia. Vigo, a digital therapeutic for stroke rehabilitation, is one of the first MedTech companies in Latvia that offers digital therapy. Participants in the discussion were Jānis Šlēziņš, a neurosurgeon and Co-Founder of Vigo, Kaspars Gross, Customer Relations Manager at Datamed, Santa Batuhtina – Banga, a telemedicine enthusiast, Valts Ābols, Chairman of the Board of the National Children’s Hospital, Head of the Association of the Large Hospitals, Roberts Feders, a cardiologist.
Healthcare industry is undergoing a rapid digitization. At the moment there are more than 300 000 digital applications worldwide that solve various health issues. For example, a UK based company Babylon partially performs the duties of a general practitioner and is able to determine the course of the treatment based on reported symptoms. In the discussion about digital therapy, the participants talked about how such applications will soon partially replace the duties of doctors and medical professionals. In Latvia digital therapy is still a complete newcomer, yet it has a great potential.
A good example is Vigo and digital stroke therapy. Due to the limited amount of human resources, medical personnel and space in rehabilitation centers, stroke survivors are unable to receive sufficient rehabilitation and sometimes don’t receive it at all. Often times it is simply too expensive, and most are unable to cover rehabilitation costs for themselves or their loved ones. This creates a global problem. Not only is this a problem in Latvia – the same issue is observed in just about every country. What is more, stroke is one of the most common causes of death in the world. Therefore, digital therapy can serve as an effective tool in stroke therapy, as it can fill the gap between demand for stroke rehabilitation and the supply that is currently limited.