Digitalization is evident in all aspects of society and is gradually capturing even the most personal and security-sensitive industries like healthcare. Here, the advantages of digitalization and IoT implementation can help to transform preventative medicine, considerably reduce the burden on healthcare providers, and make treatment more effective.
In fact, these are not just predictions – many changes have already been implemented, transforming the image of healthcare forever. Join FPT Software, a global leader in healthcare IT solutions, in its review of healthcare in the digital age that we are living in.
Digital Healthcare: What is it Like?
The notion of digital healthcare is rather new and is understood as the process when digital technologies become an integral part of health, health care, and living as such. The goal of digital healthcare is to enhance the efficiency of care and make it more precise and personalized.
Digital healthcare comprises diverse solutions from next-generation connected devices to platforms for communication and medication management. The focus is on the real-time exchange of data and enhanced collaboration between the stakeholders in the healthcare system. For example, the survey by Frost & Sullivan that gathered feedback from a wide range of healthcare industry players – pharmaceutical companies, medical personnel, medical device developers, biotechnologies – revealed that Big Data and business analytics (BI) technologies are influencing their work most.
Another potent technology that is finding various applications in healthcare is Artificial Intelligence. In particular, it can be used for early detection of diseases, predicting predispositions and the responses to treatment, developing drugs that would be accurately tailored to individual patients’ needs, etc.
Digital Healthcare Technology Trends
The healthcare industry doesn’t exist in the vacuum and actively responds to the technology trends disrupting each and every sector of the modern world. Here are the most powerful technology trends the industry is about to absorb:
Virtual doctor visits and medical consultation with AI-powered chatbots are one of the most powerful trends transforming healthcare, in particular in the United States where the cost of healthcare is particularly high. Telemedicine is particularly helpful in case of regular preventative doctor visits people prefer to skip. Filling out of diagnostic questionnaires and using the home test is a viable alternative, as the results may be instantly analyzed, stored in a personal medical electronic record and directed to a relevant specialist in case of need.
2. Connected Medical Devices and Equipment
Internet of Things is actively capturing healthcare and the IoT healthcare solutions proliferate. These take various forms and applications, starting from connected medical equipment that stores data on the staff performance to digestible pills and smart inhalers. Despite the wide adoption of IoT devices in healthcare, there is still no universal consensus regarding IoT protocols, which makes it difficult for the industry to control manufacturers and actively use IoT technology in healthcare delivery.
3. AI in Healthcare
As has been mentioned earlier, AI is fast entering healthcare improving and speeding up diagnostics and the development of new drugs. The US Food and Drug Administration has already approved the first diagnostic device based on AI technology and technological giants like Microsoft are currently producing several other AI-based diagnostic devices. Another prominent application is the use of AI to catalog biometrical research and make new knowledge more readily available to specialists.
4. Cloud Computing
The adoption of digital records called for the use of reliable and secure solutions for storing mass amounts of data. Cloud platforms have provided such a solution, even though the question of compliance with stringent industry regulations remains unresolved. It is predicted that healthcare will stick with hybrid solutions that will allow greater control over sensitive data.
Yes, augmented and virtual reality solutions are used not only in the media and entertainment but also help to educate students to perform surgical operations. Another promising use is creating simulated environments for survivors of a store. Such augmented realities can foster more diverse interactions and help patients to overcome motor deficiencies. Likewise, a simulation is used to help people with dementia to unlock their memories and improve cognitive abilities.
Blockchain technology is a promising solution to the magic concern healthcare digitalization – privacy and security. Blockchain allows achieving the availability and security of information, which is exchanged by IoT devices and hosted on a cloud, and can be used to optimize the drug supply chain.
While we, as well as other experts, are focused on the evolution of technology, the discussion of healthcare digitization should necessarily involve the consideration of industry standards and regulations that inevitably impact the viability of solutions. Feel free to contact us to discuss these matters and assess the cost of implementing your idea for IT healthcare solutions.