With the advent of new trends and innovations, it became more exciting to work in any field. Now we don’t talk about a profession; we talk about the technologies related to it and making it grow. The same is true for healthcare. Health technology includes all tools, medications, vaccines, procedures, and systems to streamline healthcare processes, cut costs, and improve patient quality.
Emerging technologies transforming healthcare include Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, voice search, chatbots, virtual reality (VR), and much more. It’s only fair if we use these to leverage the quality of life and standards of living. Healthcare organizations can improve patient health outcomes, be cost-effective, and provide quality care by adopting these new technologies. It also benefits patients as they can better check and control their health information.
It shows that technology can help ensure that everyone has a better, safer future. We will discuss the latest trends and technologies of 2020 that are helping medical staff and customers.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is speeding up the retrieval and processing of health care data much quicker than a human can and that with much greater efficiency. Another important use case of AI and ML algorithms is to identify and diagnose health problems such as physical and mental disorders. These algorithms have proved to be beneficial in studying test results and drawing conclusions.
Google has recently formed an A. I for the analysis of breast cancer under the name “DeepMind.” On an average of 11.5%, the algorithms identify successful breast cancer from pre-selected datasets, outperforming all human radiologists. This means a pathway can lead the analysis of even more complex medical diseases with higher accuracy. AI is also used to analyze a patient’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) information more efficiently, identify their health issues, and find different ways to handle them. Besides, AI can detect irregularities in MRI and X-ray scans to improve the pathology and radiology fields.
Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
Blockchain is not only useful in healthcare for the hype about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The important thing about blockchain, instead, is the digital data storage that creates the transaction ledger that is not only transparent but impossible to manipulate. When you use blockchain to obtain data, the information you enter, and all of your data will stay with you rather than being stored on some server owned by the company providing the services. Talk about security and privacy!
Augmented Reality (AR)
Virtual Reality (VR)
like AR, Virtual Reality (VR) can also assist in clinician preparation through simulation, patient education, and treatment help. Some of these have been researched by the University of Birmingham; that VR headsets showing nature scenes were there to help people sleep better and relax more. Another research involved VR headsets being in use to teach patients how to timely inhale and exhale with the game design of aiming a trebuchet launch a projectile into the sea. For the training of medical practitioners’s/hospital staff, VR headsets are also being in use at Torbay Hospital, South Devon to teach them to better empathize with patients. The implementation could be across the world to improve patient care and in teaching important materials in healthcare to professionals.
It is predicted that the global robotics market will rise from $71 billion in 2015 to $135.4 billion in 2019, a 17% annual growth rate. Revenue for healthcare robots is also estimated to increase from $1.7 billion in 2016 to $2.8 billion in 2021. We have seen many robots performing invasive surgeries in the previous year.
Robotics can also work hand in hand with health information technology to allow autonomous data collection that can provide reliable data for health IT professionals in various health care fields, such as surgery, drug delivery, cognitive recovery, and patient management. To take it a step further, remote surgeries by Doctors using specialized robotics such as the ‘Da Vinci surgery robot’ will be a possibility via super-fast 5G connections.
On another side of robotics, 3D printing has been growing in recent years, and soon and moving towards the future, it could be possible to 3D print or Bio-print tissue structures using living cells. Research at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria has been developing a high-resolution 3D printing technique to create precisely and ‘guided’ tissue structures. Living synthetic organ generation could be a possibility and help the world.
It is the combination of technology with different fields that will lead us to the future of globalization. It will be difficult to name different fields as science and artwork together in the future. Time has come to embrace & work together to see a better world where everything and everyone can benefit from these technological advances.