Technology has revolutionized everything around us. But up until 2019, it didn’t have much impact on the healthcare sector that still relied on walk in-visits, on-site healthcare checkups, offline medical supply availability & so on. Well, the impending tech-upgrade in the healthcare sector is in action now, though not for good reasons but the pandemic havoc.
The COVID-19 crisis has changed the face of the healthcare industry & compelled people to embrace technology in this sector. And this shift was so widespread & quick that it has now become a necessity for the healthcare sector to go digital. So much so that the funding for digital healthcare organizations reached an all-time high of $26 billion in 2020.
In this blog post, we are going to talk about some of the top technology healthcare trends that are here to stay.
Staffing definitely came out to be one of the biggest challenges during the pandemic, but it does not mean that things were normal otherwise. There has always been a gap between demand & availability, especially in seasonal outbreaks like the peak dengue season.
Having dedicated portals for digital healthcare hiring that connect organizations with workers can be an effective & affordable solution to fill this gap. Both employers & employees could choose from a pool of options based on factors like skills, location, etc.
While this has always been around, telemedicine wasn’t in practice much before. The rising concern for social distancing has changed the scenario, compelling medical practitioners to reach their patients using telecommunication.
This helped in the decongestion of medical facilities, reducing the chances of virus spread from one patient to another. It also reduced the need for medical equipment like PPE kits, which are essential for physical diagnosis. It can also be adapted in the long run to treat old-age patients or other cases remotely.
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
The latest & powerful advancement in the healthcare industry is the introduction of AI for performing simplest to complex tasks. It reduces the need for labor-intensive & time taking tasks with intelligent, remotely accessible, rapid & real-time solutions. They help in workflow management, patient monitoring, medical diagnosis, advanced surgery assistance & much more. For instance, there already exist solutions that have the ability to monitor patients’ safety & reduce chances of errors by alerting the concern to prevent falls, tremors, pressure ulcers, etc.
Big Data & Analytics
Big data in healthcare has turned out to be the most important technology trend in 2020 & 2021, helping health experts leverage existing medical data to predict the intensity of the pandemic, form vaccination strategies, identify high-risk groups & more.
All these statistics derived from medical data helped institutions curb down the effects of the pandemic & contain its outbreak successfully. And the use of infinite medical data is not limited to this application but can help revolutionize the healthcare industry. Since patients have the right to share information, it can allow healthcare providers to leverage this data for drawing insightful observations on clinical, operations & financial aspects and improve all-round efficiency.
More than 5.5 billion people worldwide use smartphones, of which a majority spend at least 4 hours of their day using mobiles. Thus, it is important for healthcare organizations as well to make their way into people’s mobile phones.
The recent development of the Aarogya Setu app that received the most installations showed how successful mobile apps can be in the healthcare sector. Organizations can leverage them to communicate with patients, schedule appointments, collect information & much more.
Virtual Reality (VR) for Training
Another progress that made the impossible possible was the introduction of VR for medical training. As the pandemic called for more medical professionals & social distancing, VR turned out to be a great solution that achieved both. It allowed them to practice & improve skills without actually going to hospitals. It also turned out to be effective, reducing skill fade by a massive 52% and increasing retention by 75%.
Although most of these tech advancements were introduced/gained popularity out of necessity in 2020, they are definitely not going anywhere even after the crisis is over. These have drastically helped improve the healthcare industry in ways one wouldn’t have imagined a few years back. Is your healthcare facility, too, embracing this powerful tech transformation? If not, now is the time.
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