The healthcare sector is one of the walks of life that has experienced more than a few tangible impacts of transforming technology in the world. Even though it is slow in adapting these and transforming their processes, there is much that has been done and translated to actions for the patients. More to this, the healthcare application development sector is one of the areas where technological intervention is the most desirable and profit yielding, considering the rising burden due to population expansion.
The Need for Change
Healthcare is one of the areas where no matter how many humans are assigned to do a job, there will always be a factor of inefficiency involved. And unlike other industries where the insufficiency can be resolved or result in direct monetary impacts, the scenario with healthcare is different. Here, the littlest of inadequacies can cost irreparable damages live lives. Therefore, only technology under the assistance of medical experts can guarantee better positioning of things for the healthcare industry.
There is a multitude of problems that need to be addressed for the healthcare sector. For example, in spite of digitization sweeping every other industry off their feet, many medical institutions in developing countries are still burdened with the manual task of entering and monitoring patient records. More to this, the staff of the hospitals is not adequately monitored, which means resource allocation is insufficient. Then doctors, who are usually unaware of the surplus of patients that will sweep in on any particular day have to work and overwork until all patients are addressed. This results in burnout, ultimately decreasing the potential of doctors to make accurate and precise decisions.
While this might not be the end, there is a diagnosis that needs a ton of technological intervention for advancement. A large part of the healthcare sector still looks upon diagnosis as something where a disease or cause is identified and has to be treated from escalating further. While there is no denying the fact that situations must not escalate any further but a preventive approach has to be adopted. For example, in rare diseases like breast cancer, if the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer is identified, preventive measures can be taken and the disease can be prevented from affecting a person’s life even before it occurs.
Not only will this approach save a lot of healthcare costs but also help people lead a more healthy and fulfilling life. After all, even the treatment of diseases like cancer is so painful, that in many cases it even impacts the psychological balance of a patient.
If we take a look at the current scenario, a lot is happening that is impacting the healthcare sector and transforming it for betterment. Be it artificial intelligence, machine learning or other technologies like the cloud and quantum computing, every technology is impacting healthcare in one way or the other and leading to more efficient and better processes. Several organizations across the world are deploying predictive models on various disease cases in order to diagnose them better and in a more precise manner. Google recently worked on breast cancer prediction using radiological images and was successfully able to reduce the number of false positives. In fact, it outperformed doctors who had more data concerning a patient as compared to the machine. And this is just one example of how technology is changing the picture of healthcare.
More Technology on the Cards
In the time to come, more and more technologies will be harnessed for the healthcare sector and desirable profits will be streamed out of them. Let’s take a look at a few of them-
Thanks to all the credible research in 2010, today, there is not an inch of the body without quantifiable data. Smart watches and digital equipment can measure the vitals of different parts of your body with high precision. For example, the Ko Core digital stethoscope records the heart and lung sounds, while the Apple watch measure electrocardiogram and detect atrial fibrillation with high efficiency. The point is there is not much left unmeasured in the human body. In the next few years, we will have digital tattoos, which will not just measure the vitals of the body but also do that continuously without the need of a charger.
As the fifth generation of cellular technology matures and becomes more and more widespread across the world, there will be a plethora of opportunities for the healthcare sector to capitalize upon it. Not only will it allow the data to be downloaded at more than 1 GB per second, but it would actually mean that the downloads are 10 to 100 times faster than the existing networks. Such a boost will allow easier communication, collaboration and reliable exchange of data. More to this, IoT will expand to many folds and penetrate the healthcare industry bringing the largest revolution.
With AI-backed chatbots in the picture, reaching out to healthcare services will become much easier and hassle-free. Organizations will be able to check the symptoms of the patient through chatbots and then they will be transferred to the correct department without much delay. This will ease the process of diagnosis and save the time of doctors and other medical staff who have to ask multiple questions to a patient for understanding the symptoms.
On the same lines, there will be artificial intelligence taking over a large part of the healthcare sector. While many are scared that AI might take over doctors, the step of which has already started with Google’s breast cancer research, experts feel otherwise. Even though the penetration of AI will only increase from here, it will only assist the doctors make better decisions regarding patient care.