The advent of healthcare technology over the last year has seen a lot of progression in the healthcare sector in 2018. Truth is, people now are more tech savvy than ever before and this trend is likely to continue in the coming year. Technology makes life of patients easier, and healthcare providers who don’t focus on digital solutions will find it difficult to compete. Generally, businesses are always looking for ways to boost productivity and performance by deploying comprehensive technology solutions. 2019 promises to be a year where technology will continue to transform healthcare in more ways than one. Let’s find out what’s in store in the year that beckons.
Empowering patients through wearables
Over the last few years, patients have shown an increased fondness towards monitoring their own health through wearable devices. Studies indicate that the people adopting at least one digital health tool increased from 80% in 2015 to 87% in 2017, and in all fairness this trend is all set to continue.
However, certain groups of people are more attuned to using wearables than others. Mostly, patients who suffer from chronic conditions are the ones who are apprehensive about using wearable devices. But the ones who use them vouch for the fact that tracking health goals on digital mobile applications and wearable devices has enabled them to make progress, which has otherwise evaded them. Wearable devices surely have a tangible impact on patient health, and 2019 is only going to see an increase in adoption rate.
Rapid change due to evolution in tele-medicine
Easy and hassle-free access to health providers is still a desirable equation for many. In such a scenario, one of the things that is bringing about a massive transformation is telemedicine. According to the 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance rates, the wait time for under-served communities in the urban areas have increased from 18.5 days in 2014 to 24 days in 2017. Telemedicine allows patients to get easy accessibility to their specialists which leads to timely diagnosis and better treatment. Electronic health records and its availability also allow patients to easily forward health documents to doctors easily. In other words, telemedicine can mean the difference between diagnosis and no-diagnosis.
Artificial Intelligence in healthcare
For a machine to simulate the power of human like decision-making, is one of the most desirable aspect of healthcare technology today. Developing artificial intelligence integrated machines that can process information like a human is all set to take healthcare innovation to level next. AI integrated approaches can not only fast-track the diagnosis process, but also adopt means for early disease discovery and treatment through analytics. Besides, deep machine learning algorithms can be used for exploring chemical and biological interactions resulting in a highly advanced drug discovery process.
The continuous rise of data science and predictive analytics
Working with a patient suffering from a particular disease can help generate a lot of information. Turning that bulk information into actionable insights is what is significant. Advanced predictive analytics enable medical practitioners to look for deeper and more meaningful insights. Today, a practitioner can delve into analytics and feed information with regards to ancestry and medical histories, which results in faster diagnosis of problems. The overall efficiency of a healthcare organisation can also be enhanced as a result of data-scanning and analysis. Data analytics can also reduce patient re-admissions by treating them for longer periods during their initial admissions. The information derived will also paint a clearer picture with regards to predicting the individual who might be at a higher risk of future unfavourable outcomes. Come 2019, the power of data analytics will continue to reach new heights as data scientists look to create more enhanced and powerful models. The future of healthcare surely looks to be secure.