Be it any field, today’s innovative technologies are literally revolutionizing every industry and Healthcare is no exception to it. Digital innovations in healthcare are here to stay. Like most industries, healthcare industry is evolving with new technology.
It is expected that Technologies will transform every aspect of health care including diagnostics, treatments and delivery of care in the future. Though technology has been the major force behind innovations in every industry, healthcare has been largely unaffected by the rapid pace of technological innovation. However, this is changing.
Innovations in Healthcare
A new era of medicine has just begun in which each person can be clearly defined at the individual level, instead of a population level.
With the help of today’s healthcare technology, we can digitize humans – Yes! We can remotely and continuously monitor each patient’s heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing rate, body temperature, blood oxygen levels, blood glucose levels, brain waves, activity, etc.
Here are some of the many technological innovations in healthcare in recent years. Some of them are still being developed, while others are slowly being introduced into mainstream healthcare systems.
Better Hospital Experience
There are many healthcare technology companies that are enhancing hospital stays to keep up with the needs of modern patients. By improving room design, they are removing wasteful redundancy and technological clutter that plague modern healthcare facilities. For seamless integration, these new rooms would feature swappable portions that can easily adapt to specific situation of a patient. This will have a minimal impact on operations of the healthcare facility while increasing patient comfort and connectivity.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI is an advanced form of machine learning technology in which machines or software obtains the ability to depict or mimic the functions of a typical human brain. AI can improve patient outcomes drastically by helping healthcare practitioners in effectively using medical knowledge, thereby providing exceptional clinical and medical solutions. These AI systems will deliver easily accessible, affordable healthcare to all patients.
Advanced Diagnosis and 3D Imaging
With technologies like digital image processing, pattern recognition and machine learning, AI is steadily improving the procedures and access to reliable and accurate medical image analysis. E.g., a startup called Butterfly Network has built a small AI powered 3D-ultrasound tool that generates 3D images of the medical image in real-time. The 3D images are automatically sent to a cloud service that identifies the characteristics and automates the diagnosis process. AI applications like this are expected to have a larger impact on the overall medical imaging diagnosis market and its growth.
Internet of Things for Healthcare (IOT)
IoT is a rapidly growing technology and has been the talk of the town nowadays. Hospitals can benefit from IoT technology by using real-time location services with badges that can track patients, staff and medical devices. Numerous groups of internet connected smart devices and solutions are deployed to improve personal health, environment and productivity through intelligent use of data.
With widespread advances in healthcare technology, the way medical records and information are stored and shared is changing as well. Advanced healthcare technology offers more personalized treatments, earlier diagnoses, and several other benefits for both patients and healthcare professionals.