by : Nushift
The integration of technology into the medical field has been a long standing part of the healthcare industry. Right from the elementary introduction of the simpler things like quills and ink for writing prescriptions to the use of more complex innovations like X-Ray machines and MRI, technology has played a pivotal role in transforming healthcare.
In the past ten years technology has been shaping the way we detect,diagnose, prevent and cure diseases, courtesy AI-driven technologies and the digitization of healthcare workflows. The real success of medicine though, is embedded in following a healthy partnership with technology, and the faster clinicians can embrace these changes the more relevant their practice is likely to remain.
6 ways the Impact of new technologies and innovations in the healthcare industry can be mapped
Health information technology is a broad term that encompasses several things like simple charting, advanced decision support and integration with medical technology. Let’s us understand the ways in which the impact of new technologies and innovations in the healthcare industry can empower the medical systems-
- Artificial Intelligence-
is completely revolutionizing the way healthcare systems work. Through it’s innate ability to mine medical records, AI can devise treatment plans, fasten up the process of drug development, and even detect cancerous and non-cancerous tissue samples. Cumulatively the role of AI in healthcare can be attributed in the following use cases-
Accurate cancer detection
Early detection of fatal blood diseases
Virtual health Assistance
Automation of redundant health tasks
- Virtual Reality-
The use of virtual reality in healthcare is beneficial to both doctors and patients as it aids medical education in a simulated environment. According to Goldman Sachs Investment Research till 2025, healthcare will be among the top three industries to adopt VR. According to reports suggested by Accenture nearly 62% of the patients are likely to prefer virtual reality healthcare services as an alternative to traditional healthcare services owing to the use of VR in-
Medical Education and Training
Assistance in Surgery
- Augmented Reality-
As compared to VR, AR is more rooted in reality.It helps existing surgeons and practitioners better prepare for real-life surgeries and sharpen their capabilities. AR essentially works by integrating digital information into the user’s immediate environment in real-time through graphics, effects, text, sound, and touch feedback. Certain ground-breaking trends in the space of AR so far has been-
Robotic Assisted Surgery
Wound Care Management
Seamless Hospital Navigation
Access real-time patient records
Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Smart Health-trackers, wearables, and sensors- When we think about the future of healthcare we also think about the individual health empowerment that is spiked by the use of smart wearables. These smart wearables help us to know our health better and be in better control of it by aiding stress and weight management, planning diet and exercise routines, and improving the overall cognitive abilities. These tech-fuelled smart wearables focus on making the patients the point-of-care.
- Medical Tricorder- The medical tricorder is creating a big disruption in the healthcare industry by minimising the costs of expensive healthcare machines and long-waiting time. It’s a portable handheld scanner that checks the function of all vital organs by measuring the body temperature and heart rate within a few seconds. It primarily performs three functions sensing, recording and computing.Viatom CheckMe Pro, BioSticker are a few of the emerging palm sized gadgets that can track heart rate, temperature, ECG, oxygen saturation,activity levels, sleep status, gait and more.
- Medical Networking Applications- The impact of new technologies and innovations in the healthcare industry, is not only restricted to core medical applications but other tech-applications too that focus on the unification of the medical ecosystem. One such platform is Nushift Connect-India’s first networking platform, it works towards building a network of doctors by bringing them closer through connection building, collaboration, engagement and empowerment through learning, communication and referral management. With channels of communication improving among doctors, patient care is better personalised and treatment outcomes are more focused and fast-tracked
The advent of nanotechnology,3D printing, Robotics, blockchain, big data, drug development, and Genome Sequencing are the other significant milestones in the space of new medical innovation and technological advancement. The extent to which the impact of new technologies and innovations in the healthcare industry can go is unfathomable. As long as doctors and medical practitioners are open to adapt to the creation of the required infrastructure and systems, the digital transformation in healthcare is destined to grow on progressively.