Top 5 Tech-Trends in Health to Watch

From the moment Covid-19 takes over the world, we find that health trends have taken lead for every individual. We see the revamping in medical facilities, as the pandemic continues to thrust healthcare firms to improve their flair by adopting health tech trends. 

Amidst many medical transformations, the pandemic has quickened the growth and acceptance of distant health monitoring effective care. Such flawless communication between doctors and patients has further marked the existence in the healthcare domain. 

It includes better biosecurity measures on sanitization stations to virtual screening technology and quarantine measures at places where staffs are essential at the workplace and not work from home. 

Tech-driven alterations throughout this will lead us to improve safety measures and prior warning systems to lessen the pandemic illnesses in spreading. 

Some companies have asked the staff to work from remote, which means it will be a challenge for some workers to merge and house and office work at the same time. Also, without eye contact, the managers are struggling to judge if their teams have worked overtime or taken precautions in their health. Here, health apps are helpful as they will monitor our activities. 

Research conducted by industry experts like Frost & Sullivan, Forrester, and Deloitte has concluded that medical technologies will be the latest trends to solve the challenges. They are:

  1. Telemedicine:

A great way to pass over the gap between physicians and patients is by demanding telemedicine, which is skyrocketing these days. The fact to reduce healthcare costs and increasing the number of elderly patients is the reason for the increase in demand for telemedicine.

Tele-medecine: Technology is bridging the gap between healthcare experts and patients in easily accessible manner, which is also cost-effective and flexible in approach.

Recent research shows that over 75% of consumers are interested in virtual healthcare, and the remaining have experienced it. Regardless of whether it is blood or sugar tests, consultation with physicians, or medication-related reminders, or getting support for an ongoing health issue, patients prefer telemedicine as it gives freedom, cost efficiency, and easy accessibility. 

By emails, mobile apps, phone calls, and even video chat, health care professionals diagnose and treat a patient remotely. 

  1. Artificial Intelligence:

They drafted artificial intelligence to copy human cognitive processes. Few examples for this are IBM Watson and the GNS Healthcare AI system to explore for cancer therapy. Another company Google’s DeepMind built AI and mobile apps that record medical data to enrich healthcare professionals and hospital care delivery to patients. AI can alter any area of healthcare. Whether from hospital system tasks to detect health conditions, thus providing action through computing, enhancing workflow capacity, and speeding up diagnostic perfection. In the coming years, they expect it to skyrocket.

  1. Robotics:

Robots are transforming the medical world. This necessity is to enrich medical productivity so that it can decrease routine errors and that can lead to demand for health care help and automation robots. According to IDC, by 2021, 1/4th of the 200+ bed hospitals will have installed robotics to handle arduous tasks, cut labor, and avert errors. This will increase the feasibility of their business to function and increase patient safety. 

Robotics in Healthcare: Robotics has shown a promising future in healthcare and is leading innovation in the sector.

They can use robots in physiotherapy and rehabilitation centers. It can be used in surgical procedures as well. Frost and Sullivan predict that by 2025, robots will perform 80% of surgical procedures. 

Advantages:

  • Easy and quick access
  • Accelerate and more precise diagnoses
  • Improvement in treatment
  • Can have our very own expert at home.

Disadvantages:

  • Can’t receive human touch
  • Can’t trust robots during emergencies
  • Only humans can make the right decisions using their intuition beyond data
  • Can’t realize the technology

Although, it is a big concern while replacing humans, yet AI and Robotics will be the future of healthcare. 

  1. IOT and Wearables:

This pandemic has forced everybody to involve in managing their health. Using wearables and other connected devices assists us to make healthy lifestyle solutions and address specific diseases like asthma, pain management, and many others. 

A study from Gartner shows that wearable technology will grow as patients have become more aware of their health condition. 

Doctor showing senior patient how to synchronize health app in smartphone and smartwatch

The assortment of devices on the market is authentically immense. The most popular wearable devices are:

  • Smartwatches for health
  • Continuous glucose monitors (CGM)
  • Pain Management devices
  • Cardiovascular disease management devices
  • ECG monitors

Still, there are many more on the way to be released, like smart pills, smart hospitals, patient identification, etc. 

  1.  Blockchain

It is always risky when we share our details in the healthcare sector. The recent cyber-attacks and data breaches have made the patients more concerned regarding the privacy of health data security. 

For this reason, Blockchain technology is getting more attention as it can be the solution and alternative approach to secure patient data warehouse and conveyance. 

According to IDC, in the future, many health care organizations will move from pilot projects and will start using blockchain for logistics management and patient recognition. Already some organizations have explored blockchain technology that applies in EMR/HER systems. 

Blockchain-based healthcare systems can be a blend of various threats, such as coherence, reliability, flexibility.

To conclude, the healthcare industry retaliates in a slow phase, but in-spite of this more organizations are adopting new alterations to hold on to this competitive field. To create a cost-effective and patient-focused healthcare system, they have to shift to a new outcome-based approach with strong collaboration. 

Priya
I, Priya Nagarajan, is a past Assistant Professor, mentor, tutor, counselor. Writing has always been a passion of mine and so changed my path to my passion. I believe language is the best way to convey your thoughts and dreams to get the results. I believe it takes a personal approach to reach individual success. I write with a flair for creativity and a keen eye for the professional.

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