Updated: 10 Technologies Changing the Healthcare Industry
The healthcare industry is among the leading industries to embrace the influx of technology innovations in recent years.
From data analytics helping connect patients to the right physicians to artificial intelligent assistants who can handle massive workloads of data and bring up specific data at fractions of the time old filing systems even digital filing systems would take to gather the same data.
Nanomedicine is probably the most effective technology being developed. It involves the manipulation of atoms and molecules at the atomic level of 1 to 100 nanometers. A nanometer is extremely small, considering that the period “.” Is 1,000,000 in length. Nanomedicine’s use is mostly covering the ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease more accurately. Nanomedicine is a huge step towards battling impenetrable diseases like cancer.
Since its inception, 3-D printing has developed immensely. Now the technology allows for the easier construction of prototypes. People are developing cheaper, more effective prosthetics and poly-pills far cheaper than before. This has changed the way we look at organ transplants and tissue repair.
Artificial intelligence is making the biggest splash in healthcare and is projected to do so even more. It has several applications in the healthcare space from clinical work to image analysis. According to Accenture, AI could save the U.S. healthcare economy over $150 billion. Since its obvious money-saving potentially thousands of enterprises have invested in the technology, even Skillgigs has implemented AI!
By now you’ve more than likely heard of bitcoin, a cryptocurrency turning pizza delivery boys into millionaires. Stories like this have sparked a gold rush in the development and use of blockchain. However, what is blockchain? Blockchain is an independent database that exists over several locations owned by a specific community. The plan for the healthcare industry is to create a massive independent database that centralizes the EMR’s. As confusing as that may sound, this is big news for the healthcare industry.
Virtual healthcare, or telemedicine, creates remote communication between doctors and patients. Video apps, coupled with wearable tech, allow doctors to monitor patients and provide emergency assistance. This technology dramatically increases convenience and cuts travel times. This technology will be a necessity if the predicted physician shortage comes into fruition.
Robotic surgery was maybe the first in the recent renovations to be implemented. The use of robotics significantly increases surgery success rates and minimizes the impact on the patient through minimally invasive procedures. This technology, coupled with artificial technology, also is a powerful tool to solve the staffing issue and combat the shortage.
Virtual Reality is already massive in the entertainment industry and even the military for training purposes. Healthcare is the next industry to take on virtual reality. VR’s immersive sensory tech has created uses for both patients and doctors. For physicians, hospitals have begun using VR to train staff in simulations that have a deficient risk factor. As for patients, healthcare professionals have found VR to have rehabilitation and therapeutic benefits. VR is a cost-effective practice, so hospitals have begun widespread implementation.
Cloud Computing is the technology that allows patients and healthcare professionals access services and resources over the internet. According to recent IDC research, 90% of healthcare organizations plan to implement cloud computation services within the next few years. Since, development platforms, databases, and analytics will be more accessible, healthcare facilities will able to serve patients effectively.
This is a technology not exclusive to healthcare but is essential for every healthcare organization to protect itself and its staff and their patients. Healthcare Finance estimated that “data breaches cost the healthcare industry more than $5.6 billion annually”. From Cloud Computing to Blockchain the healthcare industry is vulnerable to ransomware and data breaches. Naturally, this industry grows as the needs of the healthcare industry grows and there are no signs of slowing down.
This is less of a technology and more of a practice that’s coming up alongside all the new technologies being implemented into healthcare facilities. It is basically disease prevention through genomes. The advancement of technology has greatly reduced the costs of this practice and will continue to as more facilities continue to advance their technologies. Through the use of precision medicine, experts hope to eradicate Alzheimer’s within the next decade.
The future is bright in healthcare technology and may not be as far off as previously thought. Look out for these technologies being put to use in your hospital soon!
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