Building the healthcare industry with new advancements and technology makes it sustainable? I ask myself today; sometimes the answer seems like “NO,” but after reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of innovations, it really makes me feel like, yes, the technology can make it more sustainable healthcare.
The healthcare sector nowadays concerns more with the customer’s / patients; the healthcare providers nowadays invents the new trends and technology. However, some barriers hinder the development of new technologies.
As we can see that the use of telemedicine and telehealth facilities has increased nowadays; during the pandemic time, people are forced to stay at their houses forcefully, at that time, they have left with no choice using telemedicine platforms. Along with the telehealth services, there are many other technology trends that we will discuss in the blog today.
What exactly does a patient want in healthcare?
Patients nowadays totally depend on the technologies; they want to have quick analysis and instant consultations for every problem. Therefore, using modern technology in every field makes the users prone to use the technologies in healthcare.
The technological innovators have first tried to launch a few applications in the market to check whether the users will use them or not—for instance, the introduction of smartphones to the world. Of course, there’s a time when no one uses smartphones, but in the meantime, after the launch of the smartphone, people have started using them. Currently, there are 6055 million users of smartphones.
The other factor supporting the study is the number of internet users; almost 400 million people use the internet daily. The awareness of things can be understood more during the pandemic and after the lockdown; due to the fear of infusion of the diseases. So, getting all the things at their fingertips, patients also want doctors and their treatment.
9 Top innovations changing the story of the healthcare industry:
- (IoT) Internet of things:
The network technology is used more wisely; IoT connects the device with the network and cloud to store and examine the data. Furthermore, with the addition of big data and AI, saving the data, monitoring data, and screening the data become easier.
IoT makes every task of healthcare very easy and time-efficient. We will discuss some use cases so that readers may get a proper idea, IoT if we imagine the situation, then at that time patients have to and doctors have to wait for longer times; that means there are many hurdles come across the service delivery; but after engaging with the new technologies, it will make things quicker and easier.
The tasks like Remote patient care, emergency care, pharmacy management, and management of medicines are to be taken care of. In remote patient care, the doctor gets the advantage of getting accurate and timely information it.
The pharmacy management system uses that the pharmacist does not need to prescribe for the patients because it connects to the server of the hospital; also, the pharmacist does not have to list down the stock and maintain the bills. Instead, it will directly happen with the help of technology.
- EHR EMR integration:
EHR is helping the healthcare industry keep the health records secure and maintain them properly. It is helpful for the patient to keep their medical records and maintain them properly. EHR has its preventive measures of the data not to be stolen, misplaced. EHR EMR integration helps in providing the regularized care.
It’s not saying much anymore to point out that technology is disrupting the healthcare industry. However, it is worth noting that as technology further develops, it alleviates many pain points for healthcare and medical providers. For example, it’s easy to say that big data helps the communication between clinicians and patients. But if we dive more deeply into how big data is doing so, it gives some interesting insight into how big data and other technologies will continue to further the healthcare industry. Ultimately we’ll see that these medical innovations have disrupted the industry so significantly, it won’t survive without them.
- Remote Care
Remote care can be provided to the patients by various things like different wearables; the devices help provide time-time monitoring and screening to the patient.
The device shares the information with the doctors or professionals and provides urgent care to the patient, where observation plays a vital role in heart disease. It will help in the quick treatment and shortening the length of the hospital, the medical staff adherence and coherence will be efficient and quick.
Generically, it will help keep the record of the patients timely, helps in monitoring and screening. Moreover, with wearable technology, the patients use video conferencing, audio, and video calling.
- 3D Printing
3D printing impacts many industries in reducing labor costs while increasing production rates and healthcare is one industry tapping into its enormous potential. Although initial prices may be high, 3D printing technology is developing rapidly every day, reducing the cost of manufacturing prototypes, prosthetics, tissue and skin, and even pharmaceuticals.
3D printing is used by all industries tremendously by increasing the preciseness in the field of healthcare. It is mainly used to model the bones and treatment modeling during surgery in the orthopedic industry. It will help even the patient’s family to know the faults in the case.
It is also used in dermatology to design the face when it is the case of plastic surgery; if we are in the market of 3D printing, it is used in almost every field. In the case of a patient’s burning, it helps clear the tissues and in biopsies and providing better care to the patients.
As we talked about the patients who are burning victims, 3D printing helps them assist the surgery with the printed skin grafts. It is a very affordable and useful tool. In any transplant process, this invention will help as a preventive.
Advancements in laser technology have made it easy for physicians and affordable for patients, eliminating their reliance on eyeglasses and contacts and electing for a more permanent vision-correction process. Vision correction is yet another procedure that technology is helping to cut costs on — a significant pain point in the healthcare industry.
LASIK means the laser technology is mainly useful in vision and eye care technology; it is helpful in eye technology and eye operation. It is the specific way of pinpointing the faults and rectifying them without pain.
With the development, it is becoming more cost-efficient so that it will be helpful to reach more patients. In addition, it is making the treatments more accessible and affordable.
- Retail Clinics
Retail clinics are possible with EHRs nowadays, providing medicines for common diseases, and it is opening in the nearby proximity of malls and supermarkets. Retail clinics are similar to remote boxes and help provide urgent care with quality and accessibility in the healthcare industry as essential care. It will connect the three concerns: time-efficient, cost-effective and qualitative solutions.
- Augmented Reality
Augmented reality can be termed as elusive reality that enlists the data more precisely; it is helping the trainees and the physicians in the medical education; it is performing in the 3D portrayal of the human body.
There are many applications used in the medical field to educate the users about wound healing, wound dressing, and medications; it helps the patients panic less and practice healthier. In addition, it helps the doctor to be more equipped and make aware of the medical procedure.
Augmented reality will provide the immediate virtual action plan to the patients to understand the implications and do the risk assessment before the surgery or the treatments. Thus, this type of digitization in healthcare provides better care, and it reaches the next level of medical support.
- Precision Medicine
Precise medicine can be provided using DNA testing, genome sequencing, and with the help of blockchain technology, there are several reports to help doctors make precise decisions.
A process like DNA sequencing and mutations will help them confront the diseases and allow good access to medical care. Molecular genetic testing is also there for precision medicine and in providing care. It will help them judge the environment, lifestyle, patient heredity, and different aspects of the diseases.
Blockchain technology is specifically used for data security. There are several data sets in the medical field that need to be sustained and taken care of. There is a fear behind using this technology because if the data falls in the wrong circle, there are chances of spoiled activities.
The smart contract private ledger can access the data by the need and will be secure, updated, and expanded by the professionals. since the technology had developed the healthcare motto and the efficacy to nurture the patients will totally change and are implemented in a better way.
Traditionally, if we remember about the patient’s care and treatments, there is no such software and hardware available, and it sometimes holds crucial experience in the minds of people. But after inventing such technological use in healthcare, healthcare hurdles get solved, making healthcare accessible and attentive.