The future of healthcare technology is entering a new era as researchers, innovators and policymakers strive to improve the availability, efficiency, and cost of care.
The future of healthcare includes technology that seamlessly combines data on a patient’s medical history, real-time health status, insurance coverage, and financial information to support provider decision-making, improve patient health and reduce costs.
With advances in digital health technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing, VR/AR, nanotechnology, and robotics, the future of medicine is taking shape right before our eyes. We need to familiarize ourselves with the latest creations in order to master the technology, not the other way around. The future of medicine lies in working with technology and physicians to embrace change in the world of healthcare, allowing us to remain relevant for years to come.
Maybe you’re worried that robots and artificial intelligence will take over the jobs of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Maybe you fear that AI will take over the world in a few years?
These are all fake news, half-truths, and other visual dystopias and perhaps a more fashionable way to portray alternative facts about the future of healthcare. But more importantly, all these questions have one thing in common: the fear of the future unknown and what might happen to us.
No one can stop the development of technology. At some point, every part of our lives will change thanks to the power of digital technology. Therefore, we must allow our minds to remain open to the possibility of technology changing the world as we know it.
Technology and people hand in hand for better healthcare:
Many see technology as the only way forward. He believes that it can only help and improve our lives if we embrace technological progress and are always at the forefront. If we make sure that the “two steps ahead” rule is followed, the partnership between technology and people can reap tremendous rewards.
Digital technologies in health and medicine could potentially transform inappropriate healthcare systems into appropriate ones, provide cheaper, faster, and more effective solutions to diseases (such as Ebola or AIDS) and equalize the relationship between professionals and medical patients. The technology could help us lead healthier lives in healthier communities.
The prevailing saying is “a man must be master of his own house”. It is important to start the future by improving our health through these technologies and change our thinking towards the idea of health as such, healthcare and medicine.
So, what would it look like in practice? Throughout this article, we look at ten ways that medical technology is shaping healthcare.
The Impact of Technology on the Healthcare Sector
- Ignorance of technology: Not everyone is tech-savvy. In fact, some patients may be opposed to using any technology in any form. Some patients are not properly equipped to understand the high-tech interfaces and functions of many medical devices. Therefore, it is difficult for them to operate these machines on their own. As a result, they may end up misinterpreting the features of these technologies or struggle to figure out how best to control them, limiting the benefits. The smooth use of such technologies depends on the patient’s own abilities, which must be considered.
- Better patient care: Patient care has become much easier thanks to technology. Devices such as pacemakers, health trackers, and many more make it very easy for users to monitor their personal health. In case of any problems, the data monitored through these devices can be easily communicated to doctors, who can even remotely diagnose what is wrong with the patient. Additionally, modern equipment available in hospitals has helped increase the average life expectancy.
- Telehealth and telemedicine: Telehealth and telemedicine are the next evolution in the world of health care. Now patients can easily contact their doctors from anywhere in the world. There are several great Telehealth platforms that can help patients get the help they need at the right time from the comfort of their own homes. With the help of these platforms, patients can check symptoms, track their medications, contact specific doctors and do much more. They can also check if they need certain medications, order them there and then, and have them delivered to their door.
- Personal health devices are hackable: While technology may have helped improve the healthcare sector overall, it also has some adverse effects. For example, personal medical devices that are designed to keep patients healthy can also be harmful. Modern medical devices mostly rely on the functioning of the IoT concept. These devices can sometimes be accessed by unauthorized parties and cause harm to the patient. Even if these devices are meant for good, they can be accessed and hacked for malicious purposes if not secured.
Although technology may have helped the healthcare sector, it has also brought a number of new challenges for healthcare professionals and society in general.
- Easier access to information: One of the biggest benefits that technology offers in healthcare is easier and faster access to the information required by both healthcare professionals and patients. With the introduction of EHRs, hospitals and doctors no longer have to rely entirely on the need to maintain physical records for patients. All information can easily be stored digitally, saving hospitals significant costs and space. Although physical storage is still necessary, much of it is digitized, making it very convenient for doctors to easily access any information.
We live in a very innovative time for medicine, all thanks to the growth of technology. The mission is to share developments and knowledge in medicine that will move us into the future of healthcare.
– Amrin Ahmed