As technology advances, it’s becoming more and more difficult to differentiate science from science fiction. Today, Doctors are equipped with advanced tools and technologies to diagnose, monitor and treat more health conditions than ever before. Moreover, the pace of healthcare IT advancements shows no sign of slowing.

Here are the top 5 healthcare technology trends that are shaping healthcare now

Precision Medicine

Technologies like Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning will have a significant impact on health outcomes in 2017 as it helps mine and analyze vast amounts of healthcare data.

Recently, Quest Diagnostics and Watson declared a partnership called IBM Watson Genomics that combines genomic sequencing and cognitive computing to offer more precise treatments for cancer. Other areas of medicine like endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology etc., have also started using personalized therapies.

Telemedicine

In United States, Telemedicine is on the rise and if predictions are correct, this is a very good sign of improved healthcare. According to a recent estimate by The American Association of Medical Colleges, by 2020, there will be a national shortage of around 90,000 doctors, mostly in rural parts of US.

Telemedicine will help bridge this shortage and provide expert health care from a distance. Major healthcare centers like The Mayo Clinic in Rochester are already implementing Telemedicine services. The Mayo Clinic is using HIPAA-compliant video conferencing to provide off-site assistance on advanced newborn resuscitation to medical centers. As telemedicine continues to grow, opportunities for pharma companies will also continue to grow.

Healthcare services based on Voice Search

Today, mobile searches had overtaken desktop searches, and this trend shows no sign of slowing. People are increasingly using their smartphones and tablets for searching information online, and especially voice search is becoming the norm.

By 2020, it is expected that 50% of all online searches will be made using voice search tools like OK Google, Siri, Cortana and Amazon’s Echo. These voice based search tools let users ask questions in a natural, conversational style and provide instant answers. Voice based search will continue to grow and evolve as people continue to interact with the technology.

Medical Robots are on the Rise

When we say Robots, they aren’t just for manufacturing or other automation works anymore. Today, medical robots are on the rise. From human-sized companion robots to small chip-sized ones, robots are helping patients and caregivers in numerous ways.

As the research and development of these robots continues to expand, it will become an important tool for pharma companies to explore novel ways for delivering healthcare.

Chatbots

We have already discussed about the benefits of Chatbots elaborately. These ingenious programs are used to simulate natural conversation online. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide instant answers to frequently asked questions.

In the field of healthcare, Chatbots with advanced machine learning capabilities can be used to assist in diagnosis of simple conditions like cold, reminding patients to take their medications on time, scheduling doctor visits, and help patients locate doctors nearby.

Final Thoughts

There’s a lot of new tech on the horizon that’s going to change a lot of lives for the better. These emerging technologies will help automate complex processes, improves efficiency, and reduce cost to payers, providers, and ultimately the consumers as well