Digital transformation is everywhere around us. In almost every industry changes are being made on a daily basis in order to digitalise processes and introduce new technologies and solutions. We do not even know how big an impact it has on our everyday lives. The digitalisation progresses will not stop now. We should adjust to it, understand it more and adopt the solutions.
Healthcare, just like other industries, is changing in order to make an impact on patients’ lives and the effects can be seen on a daily basis. We no longer have to wait to see a doctor or to get the results of our tests. Now we can approach software solutions and technologies that help to improve the customer’s experience in healthcare but also people’s lives depend on these technologies and they should be taken care of first. The technological progress has always determined changes in medicine and now, in the time of a rapidly changing digital environment, evolving technologies and a developing world, healthcare should be the number one priority.
Digital transformation has revolutionised many industries, but in healthcare specifically, technology is helping us to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. The impact of these technologies could save lives. It must not be ignored.
There are specific trends that are predicted to take the most important part in the digital transformation of healthcare:
In 2013 the number of telehealth patients worldwide was about 350 thousand. In 2018 it was 7 million people. There is a good reason behind these numbers. Telehealth technology gives patients a chance in every place in the world to access quality healthcare and receive a life-saving diagnosis. There is no need to travel all around the country to meet the top specialists. Your doctor can connect with them digitally to get the second opinion of an expert. It saves both patients and doctors’ time and the cost of travelling to remote locations while ensuring access to the best healthcare at any time.
AI can be very helpful for healthcare and improve a customer experience. With AI, body scans and other services and examinations can be dramatically improved. Analysis has shown that using AI and deep learning solutions, body scans can be analysed 150 times faster than by a human radiologist. No more stressed out waiting, just accurate and on-the-spot answers. AI can also be helpful with determining the most effective pharmaceutical composition. Additionally, AI can do all the things that it does in other industries such as reduce costs, improve processes etc.
First of all, AR can help doctors learn how to perform dangerous procedures, such as surgery, without the risk anything will happen to a patient. But that is only one reason why AR and VR is and will be important. It has the ability to help Alzheimer’s and dementia patients retrieve memories. We can take elderly people back to their childhood or earlier years which might have a huge impact on them.
Wearables have been around for quite a while but the collection of data via the IoT is something new. The trend of wearables keeps growing and the healthcare industry could use the data gathered this amazing way to, for example, prevent diseases. The data is being used to advance many different medical fields and people could contribute to this without any consequences. What’s more, with the help of IoT, it can used to prevent large health epidemics all over the world.
To sum up
In many different ways healthcare can be developed and digital transformation can be introduced, as we can see with the example of these trends. We should not hesitate and welcome the changes with our minds open to new solutions. It is even more important when we are talking about our health and lives. Technology is helping us live longer and lead safer, healthier and productive lives but we must allow it to make changes.