How technological advances will shape the future of healthcare
Several technical innovations that sounded like science fiction a decade ago have already made their way into the healthcare industry. In addition to saving lives and improving the quality of life, technological developments have reduced medical expenses, made health care accessible in rural areas and completely changed the processes of research, innovation and education.
Advances in health technology, such as the use of telehealth, electronic medical records, hospital to home care, drone technology, genome sequencing, digital tools, and artificial intelligence ( AI), are transforming healthcare right before our eyes.
These technologies are used by health technology entrepreneurs to bring the future to the present and help millions of people. The convergence of these many technologies, which multiply the impact exponentially, radically changes the situation in the field of health. Let’s take a look at some important technology trends that will shape the future of healthcare:
Telehealth and Electronic Medical Records:
Telehealth and electronic medical records are the next steps in the evolution of healthcare.
Telehealth is a revolutionary approach for patients and healthcare professionals to communicate and access care. Telehealth will continue to expand beyond episodic treatment, to chronic disease management and specialty care, including mental health services. This provides patients with better access and convenience to care. In this regard, the Union Budget 2022 announced a national telemental health programme.
Additionally, all patient histories, test results, diagnoses, and relevant information can be centrally recorded in one online location using electronic medical records. Data enables more targeted and accurate care, as well as the ability to see individual health trends.
Transition from hospital care to home care:
The most significant paradigm shift will be the shift from primarily hospital-based care to home-based care. This will be facilitated by innovative tools such as non-invasive sensors integrated into living spaces to monitor activities of daily living; ultra-wideband radar technology to detect falls, among other things; and wearable devices that allow doctors to remotely monitor ECG, pulse oximetry, and IR skin temperature, among others. In such a case, hospitals can be used mainly for surgeries and as a command center to monitor the health of patients.
The pandemic has underscored the need for real-time, error-free data, as well as the need for a technologically capable healthcare system to deliver data without delay. Technology plays an important role not only in collecting data, but also in organizing and analyzing data. In today’s uncertain and chaotic health environment, digital tools can help access and analyze data, as well as make critical predictions. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, RPA, big data analytics, blockchain technology, robotics, automation, cloud and quantum computing can transform the healthcare system Indian and make it world class if applied smartly.
It can help gain useful insights for making real-time decisions without putting pressure on the healthcare ecosystem. Scaling these technologies and developing an ecosystem approach to harnessing the potential of data as a society will be essential.
Implementation of drone technology:
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in the health sector will result in faster sample collection, easier access in rural areas, and delivery of health care in cities. level 2/3/4.
Drones help improve access to high-quality healthcare by providing safe and timely transport of medical supplies and test samples in a cost-effective and timely manner. Drones are effective in overcoming connectivity issues as they can easily reach remote locations such as Tier 2/Tier 3/Tier 4 towns and villages and carry life-saving drugs, emergency supplies, medicines and equipment. other items. Areas that were previously cut off by road and inaccessible by large helicopters and airplanes are now accessible, improving the country’s transportation network and boosting the healthcare scenario.
For example, blood samples are placed in a temperature-sensitive storage box attached to the drone and sent to a predetermined laboratory for sample examination. By transporting samples via drones, healthcare providers can quickly access the laboratory tests required for diagnosis and treatments. Drone technology is cost effective and most importantly not subject to traffic delays.
The ease of access to advanced genome sequencing systems such as NovaSeq 6000 will prove very useful, as there are currently no government-deployed mass screening protocols for genetic diseases. NovaSeq 6000 technology provides high throughput speed and great flexibility to conduct research or tests that require processing massive amounts of data more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Certain geographical areas of the country, such as North India in particular, are known to be very rich in genetic disorders and intermarriage, which increases the risk of rare diseases in the fetus. With the system now accessible, it will help reduce testing time and reduce costs for patients in neighboring regions and states.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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