Driving forces such as a global pandemic, a growing senior population, broader mobile internet connections, and more have led us into the future of healthcare. The healthcare industry has been keeping pace with global changes, and then some, as technology advancements have evolved, maintaining a high-standard quality of service that is efficient, reliable, and more accessible and personalized than ever.
Healthcare innovation is shifting how we care for our minds and bodies because of technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, telemedicine, and wearables. As the industry continues to develop in dramatic ways, let’s take a look at some of the latest digital and technological innovations driving the rapid transformation:
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) in Healthcare
Artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technology and applications are working to improve healthcare workers' and patients' education, plus doctor's diagnosis and treatment. AI and machine learning are helping to reveal patterns in disease by analyzing copious amounts of data. According to Healthcare Weekly, AI's ability to detail and recognize patterns of health complications can assist doctors in determining more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans for patients.
While Augmented reality (AR) technologies help healthcare workers absorb even more knowledge about the human body through three-dimensional representations that help with visual and interactive learning. Similarly, three-dimensional models can help visualize a patient's specific anatomy which can help patients understand what's happening during their surgical procedures and give surgeons an edge, improving accuracy.
2. Telemedicine and the Future of Remote Healthcare
The future of care is incredibly more connected and convenient thanks to telemedicine and remote healthcare. Telemedicine allows patients to receive care in real-time from their mobile device or computer, which means you can say goodbye to the days of waiting in line at the doctor's office. Beyond saving the patient time, telemedicine's improved data collection and patient profiles make care more personalized. Doctors can look at a patient's entire health history and experience it easier and faster.
3. Wearables in Healthcare
Wearable technology in healthcare includes small electronic devices worn to monitor health and bodily functions such as blood pressure, blood oxygen, breathing rate, temperature, sleep, and movement patterns. This efficient and effective wearable technology helps people focus on healthy habits, manage chronic health issues easier, provide a more affordable care benefit, and allow doctors to receive information about their patients. The use of wearable technology has more than tripled in the last four years, according to Business Insider. And the demand for wearables is projected to grow more in the coming years as people show an interest in giving their healthcare providers and insurers their collected data.
As healthcare technology like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, remote care, and wearables continue to improve, efficiency and personalization of care will continue. People will prefer companies that incorporate technological innovation into healthcare and medicine because it allows them to be more proactive and control their wellness, plus the added convenience.
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