Healthcare technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. Thus, it is impacting the overall performance of the healthcare organizations drastically. In past, the technologies took time to make their place in a system but now they are being adapted more quickly. The use of these technologies is to make sure a safer environment for the patients, security of the sensitive data, and the betterment of the facilities. The technologies that are having a great impact on the healthcare are too many, but some of them are more futuristic and they’re known to have short term as well as long term benefits for the healthcare industry. Today we are going to discuss the 5 technologies that have a great benefit and impact on the health sector:
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics:
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in healthcare is very well-known. It is now being applied to review and translate the mammograms quickly and thus reduce the need of unnecessary biopsies. This technology is also being used to monitor heart diseases of early stage to enable more accurate and faster decision-making regarding any medical procedure. Robotics has made the challenging tasks such as micro-incisions easier, particularly those that are to be done in the difficult to be reached areas. Da Vinci Surgical machine is an example of such medical procedures which performs tasks that are impossible to be done by a human. A VascuLogic Venous –Pro is another robotic device that quickly and smoothly draws the blood from the vein without causing discomfort to the patient. AI and robotics are also being used to help with the post-hospital stays such as assisting the patients with mental health issues, managing home visits, and dealing with loneliness. The robots and other devices equipped with AI have touch sensors, microphones, and cameras that enable interaction between the patient and the robot and make them feel more comfortable.
Block Chain Technology:
Block chain is basically a growing list of blocks (records) that are linked together using cryptography. Each of the block in a block chain consists of a cryptographic hash of the previous block, the transaction data, and a timestamp. This is the technology behind the famous bitcoin and is now recognized worldwide. The block chain technology can increase the privacy and security, can record and store the transactional records, and also improve the interoperability. IBM states that block chain is the ability of a distributed ledger technology that ensures data integrity while making sure that collaboration between parties is carried on as it is a rising trend in the healthcare facilities worldwide. Deloitte explains block chain as an immutable and shared record of peer-to-peer transactions that are built from transaction blocks and are stored in a digital ledger. This is the reason the healthcare organizations are experimenting with the benefits of the block chain technology. According to a survey, the block chain technology has helped the healthcare organizations to keep the new and sensitive information secure and also access the new markets with ease. In short, a block chain technology makes the data sharing work easier and helps the physicians and the healthcare providers to make accurate and better diagnosis for the patients. The technology is also helpful in prescribing effective treatments to the patients and overall decreasing the cost of the healthcare. This technology allows the practitioners to share the data without being worried about the security and also makes it easier for them to track the data and change it whenever needed.
Augmented reality helps in designing a computer-generated image of the objects that are present in the real world. This technology can help the surgeons and physicians to get overlays of the circulatory system so that they could learn more and device a way for the correct procedure. There are special ‘smart’ glasses that are equipped with augmented reality technology and they help the caregivers and physicians to read the patient’s information such as symptoms, medications, vital statistics, and more without documenting or charting it. Augmented reality can also be used to design surgical suites, patient rooms, and even canteen layouts. This technology also helps in the billing office where the agents can go through the billing information and patient’s insurance using their AR glasses while they can’t access their computers.
3D printing has many benefits for the healthcare professionals. For example, the physicians can take aid from 3D printing for creating custom medical devices, artificial limbs, and human organs too. New technologies and treatments are being used along with 3D printing to improve the patient’s quality of life. This technology is also helping the physicians to design lightweight prosthetic hands for disable people. So, 3D printing is providing a great platform for designing customized orthotics and prostheses to help the disabled people.
Advances in IOT:
IOT is a new concept in the healthcare industry and it is being used for helping with the glucose monitoring systems for the diabetes patients and also as pacemakers for heart patients. One company is designing a device that can give an MRI-type view to the physicians of the person who is wearing the device. Implants and miniaturization are another example of the advances in IOT and these are used to help in curing the patients with chronic diseases. Also, such systems make sure that the data is provided to the physician or healthcare provider in a safe and secure way.
The technology trends discussed in this post have one thing in common; they all are meant to help the healthcare industry in treating the patients and improving the patient’s quality of life. These technology trends are not only assisting the healthcare providers and physicians, but also reducing the overall medical costs.