How are tech trends impacting integrated health care?
The health care industry's evolution has been an incredible journey, but the past couple of years have seen unprecedented discoveries and innovations – and this is only the beginning.
According to Grand View Research, the global Internet of Things (IoT) market is going to be worth US $410 billion in 2022 due to its investment in devices, software and services. But it can't come soon enough as the world's population is getting older and we're seeing more ailments and chronic diseases that need to be treated.
Let's explore some of those technologies that are changing the way the world practises health care.
Technology is changing the way we run health care
First up, a piece of technology that is bringing back old-school house calls. Telehealth products are sweeping Australia (and the world) as they are particularly useful with an ageing population. This technology allows doctors and health care professionals to check on patient vitals from their offices without the patient in question even needing to leave the comfort of their home. The platform of this technology stores the information tracked by devices worn by the patient, or via information that the patient can log themselves. These profiles allow doctors to track health much more efficiently.
Aiding telehealth is the improvement of wearable devices. We're seeing everything from smartphone apps that track activity to wristwatches that can monitor heart beats – all of this goes right into patient profiles for doctors to assess. Should these technologies catch anything concerning robots, can step in. New robotic technology is allowing doctors to do more specialised procedures as it gives professionals the tools to see what the human eye cannot. Cameras can see deep into the body, giving doctors visual confirmation of ailments that they once would have to assume was wrong.
The ability to read and analyse data has become an incredibly valuable skill.
Merging tech and medical professionals
All these changes mean that medical professionals need to be more tech savvy themselves. The ability to read and analyse data has become an incredibly valuable skill, as this digital information helps us to quickly identify patient needs.
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