Through the implementation of the CHKT online digital strategy, the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) has carried out more than five million risk assessments from a computer, tablet or cell phone with which, in a few minutes, through a simple questionnaire, those interested can find out their risk of suffering from the main chronic diseases affecting the Mexican population.
Dr. Iván Alejandro Rodríguez Torres, Coordinator of Medical Programs in the IMSS Disease Prevention and Detection Division, pointed out that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and 2022, this digital tool—which is just over five years old since its implementation—remarkably The number of assessments carried out increased each year with an average of two million in the mentioned years.
“This has made it possible to increase the number of PreVenIMSS check-ups, to offset the approximately 23 million check-ups performed in the Family Medicine Unit, and now PrevenIMSS innovation in hospitals, With populations that already take preventive action in hospitals at the second and third level of care”, he stressed.
He reminded that CHKT Online is a digital tool that makes it possible to strengthen the access of preventive services offered by the IMSS to its beneficiaries without going to the medical unit.
In the first phase, implemented in 2017, the risks of diabetes and arterial hypertension were assessed; In 2018, questionnaires for prostate and breast cancer were added; and evaluation for colon and rectal cancer detection one year later.
Similarly, the doctor pointed out that each of these conditions has its own questionnaire, which evaluates the risk status and guides each individual to know whether they are at low or high risk of suffering from a disease. ; “In itself, it doesn’t make a diagnosis, it suggests the possibility of having the disease.”
He highlighted that upon qualifying the risk, the application informs the beneficiary to visit the PreVenIMSS module in his/her Family Medical Unit (UMF) and provides the possibility to make an appointment for preventive medicine to take preventive action. Is. risk assessment results
He indicated that the vision is to increase the number of conditions that can be assessed through CHKT Online, due to which work is being done to determine risk questionnaires that are most susceptible to preventive actions and that are priority issues in social security. Huh.
The IMSS Medical Program Coordinator said this digital tool is open to the entire population, allowing people who are not covered by Social Security to quickly access health services tailored to them, and if needed, Timely treatment can be started.