Since the beginning of time, humans have been finding the cure to disease and mortality in all ways imaginable. This gives rise to new scientists, medicines, healthcare and many more. As the world continues to revolve, new technology is always being discovered and invented in order to help mankind to a better and healthier life. Health technologies involve all kinds of machines, devices, procedures, medicine and systems designed for healthcare operations in order to enhance the quality of healthcare and lower costs. In the year of 2021 – when our health and well-being had become one of mankind’s top priority due to the current pandemic outburst, COVID-19, the healthcare industry have been pumping out new advanced technologies to increase the effectiveness and quality of our healthcare system in order to prevent and assist with the current and even, future outbreaks of diseases. Here are 9 health technologies and trends that are revolutionizing the healthcare industry in the 2021:
1 – Collaboration with Mobile Applications
30 years ago, having a mobile phone would mean riches and status. However, today, it has become rare to see an individual without a mobile phone. Almost everyone on the Earth uses a smartphone and are familiar with using mobile applications to carry out the simplest task of the day such as waking up to its alarm or even navigating through its built-in GPS system for your road trip. While normally when talking about mobile applications, we would think about mobile games or even social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. However, due to its versatility and convenience, the healthcare industry should definitely take advantage of this technology. Through partnering with popular app owners, healthcare can become even more accessible to all types of location – no matter if it’s cities or rural. Patients can quickly get in touch with the best liver doctor in Malaysia with just a click of a button! For emergencies, app users can quickly call for help through the mobile app to trigger the nearest healthcare centers to save a life quickly and efficiently!
2 – Artificial Intelligence
With machines becoming smarter and smarter, learning movement, speech and even human empathy, it served as the best opportunity for artificial intelligence to be involved into the healthcare industry to its full potential. According to Accenture in 2017, the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare is estimated to grow rapidly at an annual rate of 40% throughout the year of 2021 which accounted for $6.6 Billion (previously, $600 Million during 2014). These AI machines benefits the industry in a diverse set of ways:
Punctual and Sharp, these machines can help patients take their medication within a specific time frame without a miss.
Identify Potential Health Threats
These machines can identify patients in need of medical intervention and alarm medical staff to carry out custom care plans. IBM Watson is currently on the testing stage on this with opioid addiction issues.
Delivery of Personalized Dosage Recommendations
AI engines can also create and deliver personalized dosage recommendations based on each patient’s body chemistry and environmental factors.
3 – Healthcare Virtual Reality
Today, the virtual reality industry has become a 4 billion dollar business and there’s all the reasons for healthcare to jump in on the action! The versatility of virtual reality no matter if it’s providing an immersive, virtual tour for patients to experience a new health facility or helping patients cope with pain, there is plenty of space for virtual reality to participate in.
As the healthcare industry could be a bit of an intimidating and anxious industry for “customers” – this is also known as the white coat syndrome, virtual reality can be used to calm the nerves of future patients and improve the patient experience.
Healthcare personnel should think outside the box and utilize VR to its very potential. Be bold and create new ways in the healthcare industry with virtual reality to calm, educate and excite customers to the best possible outcome!
With the rapid growth of technological advancement not only in the healthcare industry but also in every aspect of the world, the world is surely improving its inhabitants’ lifestyle and workplace. Be sure to check more articles on STCSIG for more updates on the latest technology!