Technology is leading the way for digital transformation in healthcare, Health News, ET HealthWorld


By Sandeep Bhambure

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the healthcare sector in India, highlighting social inequalities within the industry. He highlighted the urgent need to tackle these issues in order to stabilize and strengthen the entire system and boost the growth of the health sector. It has also accelerated the change in the ecosystem, forcing public and private health systems to be agile and adopt / develop innovative solutions to get through these difficult times. Digital technology has become an integral part of healthcare and has clearly changed the way the industry works in India. The adoption of these technologies has grown in importance thanks to the efforts of the public and private sectors. According to the IBEF, the Indian medical device market was US $ 11 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach US $ 65 billion in 2024. The goal behind the adoption of digital technology is to provide universal care , affordable, equitable and of quality to all citizens. , and simultaneously contribute to the overall digital transformation of the economy.

Technologies have huge use cases and value. They can make service delivery more physically accessible and more general, more efficient for all. State-of-the-art computing directs data, analytics and processing power to where it’s most critical: clinics, hospitals, laboratories, operating room providers and in patient / personal homes. Cutting-edge computing and machine learning tools can verify data and produce relevant analysis in real time, transforming the healthcare system to operate at a macro level.

By processing data locally at the edge, healthcare facilities can minimize the constraints of traditional on-premises infrastructure. Such devices are already being used to deliver care in remote areas where connectivity may be scarce, creating more seamless care delivery, increasing diagnostic accuracy and speed, and managing the supply chain. It is about better delivery of health services to achieve faster results for patients.

The increasing adoption of smartphones, wearable devices and electronic medical records has made healthcare organizations in India the most “cloud-free” of any vertical. Here’s why edge computing is the future of India.

A solution to network latency

The growing adoption of smartphones, wearable devices, and electronic medical records has made healthcare organizations in the Asia Pacific region the most ‘cloud-friendly’ of any industry vertical, and is expected to be the regional market for the fastest growing digitization by 2028. Here’s why edge computing is the future of the Asia-Pacific region.

For example, using advanced AI and computer technology, wearable health monitors and fitness trackers locally collect and analyze data such as pulse rate, blood oxygen levels, and habits. sleep. Doctors can then use this data to assess patients on site. It also helps analyze historical data for trends or underlying health issues in a particular patient.

The use of peripheral devices that are detached from large healthcare networks makes accessing personal data much more problematic for cybercriminals. With state-of-the-art computing – especially when used through a hybrid, multi-cloud model – healthcare providers can ensure they are delivering the right services, to the right people, at the right time, without having to use offshore data centers – while minimizing downtime.

Innovation through data-driven healthcare
Healthcare data volumes are growing at an exponential rate as vendors seek advanced systems based on centralized technology that provide a 360-degree view. AI enables healthcare professionals to analyze patient data and respond in real time and this process is increasingly performed by machines at the edge. AI has now become so intrinsic throughout the healthcare lifecycle that use cases of cutting-edge IT solutions can be seen in almost any scenario of the medical lifecycle.

With the rise of the Internet of Health Things (IoHT), AI is being used not only for remote services, but also in ambulances, hospitals and even our homes. Emergency services professionals in vehicles can now communicate with doctors in real time. In hospitals, advanced computing and AI are enabling faster, more accurate diagnoses and automating drug delivery to people receiving health care at home in minutes or online, dramatically increasing availability of care .

Telehealth has become much more popular during the pandemic, generating huge volumes of data, consuming large amounts of bandwidth and cloud storage. The use of advanced technologies allows this data to be stored and processed locally to minimize the risks of not only network latency, but also attempted cyber attacks to gain access to a customer’s personal information.

Avoid threats by devaluing data

Data devaluation is the end of the game. With a multi-layered approach that includes the digitization of data, the overall cost of this information can be minimized, making it redundant if it falls into the hands of bad actors, organized crime and other cyber threats.

While it is essential for organizations to protect their external perimeter from threats, securing protected health information (PHI), patient personally identifiable information (PII) and payment data are of equal importance. Research has shown that each cyber attack can cost organizations up to A $ 31.3 million in estimated economic losses, and more than 50% are ransom-focused. An essential element of protection against these attacks is the devaluation of the transmitted data, rendering it of limited use or unusable for hackers.

Healthcare providers need to take advantage of the transition to the edge and be proactive by investing in software, such as point-to-point encryption, that will help protect against ransomware and other threats.

Pushing the Limits with State-of-the-Art Computing
As the Asia-Pacific IoT medical device market is expected to reach $ 95 billion by 2026, the healthcare industry is experiencing a paradigm shift in the way it structures, interacts, and manages patient personal data.

Going forward, organizations must learn to adapt to changing security environments that are increasingly threatened with exploitation. security at the periphery is now essential to ensure that healthcare providers can continue to use advanced computing to improve their ability to support the growth of the wider Asia-Pacific economy and to meet the ever-present need for better care, rapid decision-making and improved patient outcomes.

By Sandeep Bhambure, Vice President and General Manager, India and SAARC, Veeam Software and Nathan Steiner, Senior Director, Systems Engineering at Veeam Software

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