The challenges we faced in the health care facility in 2020 due to the pandemic situation has made an irrefutable point that we are in dire need of remodeling. Incorporation of more technology in every layer of the healthcare system to be able to reach out to individual health care needs in a vast population. In the coming decades, chronic diseases will rapidly increase. Visual Capitalist predicted that by 2030, more than 170 million Americans will suffer chronic health problems.
More people will require the assistance of a health expert for both diagnosis and treatment. The amount of heath related data to be created during this time is incredible. In such a scenario, the electronic medium will be necessary to store this enormous amount of health records of patients and other information. A lot is already on use. No healthcare system is complete without IT services. From Health apps, online portals to personalized medicines, everything requires the aid of Information technology. The focus now is not on immediate care of the patient but provides a long-lasting solution to the problem based on the medical history of the patient.
Below is the latest contribution of technology and how it is completely transforming the healthcare industry with new edge solutions.
Bioinformatics has made developing drugs and vaccines easy without requiring wet experiments and expensive lab facilities in the initial stage. To put it simply, if there’s a newly sequenced DNA discovered, one can match it for similarity with proteins structures contained in different organisms that are already stored in the database. This information is essential in studying the receptiveness of the species. The software built for this activity executes knowledge about both biology and computer science.
Age of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has instilled a new way of thinking amongst us. It has been a boon to every industry including healthcare. Teaming with machine learning and robotics, AI can provide superior technological service. Yet a lot is left to discover its potential usage.
As for now, areas in a healthcare facility where Artificial Intelligence is applied are:
- Clinical Decision Support
- Population Health
- Disease Management
AI can be efficiently used in the detection of malignant tumors. Research is about its potential usage in conditions like strokes, eye diseases, heart diseases, and skin cancer. Startups are coming up with AI technology for CT scans and X-rays that does the job with more accuracy. Replacement of human radiologists might affect the scope in such a career. But it equally creates a boost in the technological field for developers.
Surgical robots are employed to assist doctors in the operating room and to perform tasks with greater accuracy than human hands. During corona alert, we have even seen robots on hospital entrances doing thermal scans on visitors which then connect the patient to a doctor via video call. This was to ensure maximum safety and maintain physical distance when physical contact isn’t necessary. According to research, the global market for robotics will stand to a whopping 25 billion dollars by 2025.
This is another technology that has been a game-changer in the field of medical science. These new edge printers can print medical tools, capsules, prosthetics, and even organs. Currently, its functionality lies in areas like:
- Reconstruction of artificial bones in case of fractures
- Prosthetic limbs for disabled and support devices for amputees
- Polly pills are developed that can hold multiple drugs together
- Artificial organs and tissue building outside or inside the body
- Dentists used it to make ventilated scoliosis braces.
One can prototype and customize based on the necessity. Say an individual has to take a certain set of medicines. Instead of taking several tables, a single Polly pill containing those medicines can be taken. It is way more cost-effective and less risky than any traditional method. Many hospitals have started using it for various purposes. Often surgeons prepare artificial organs for practice before critical surgeries.
This is churning out more applications than just entertainment. It is generally seen in the gaming industry. But now it has made its path in the Healthcare industry too. Through VR, long hospital ridden patients can meet their families. The most important usage has been in the training of medical professionals. It has provided them an improved way of learning. VR is known to have psychological implications. It is used to treat post-trauma stress disorder, depression, and help people who experience a stroke. Visually impaired patients also perceive it as a blessing.
Virtual Health care
Nowadays some apps help track fitness levels and recommend nutrition. Sometimes one can also consult from multiple doctors online for free. Not many people opt for it due to various reasons like difficulty access to technology, wary about the quality of care, and so on. But the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. One is allowed to choose their convenient hour for consultation or access high-quality services which are difficult to reach physically. This saves a lot of time for both the doctors and their patients.
Boost In Job Creation
As much as traditional job roles are losing demand due to technology, all of these advancements have potentially generated new job roles in the industry. Many healthcare facilities have seen a boost in their revenue due to the incorporation of technology. This makes way for generating employment both at higher and lower positions. A substantial part of the healthcare unit will consist of Electronic devices to collect and record data and experts will be required to manage the data efficiently. The employment of technical officials in the healthcare industry is already essential. People are not only looking for physicians or nurses but data analysts, medical officers or executives, and managers.
The changes are occurring rapidly and generating plenty of new jobs. The only challenge here arrives is to find talented individuals who will be ready to take on the new multi-faceted roles where they are required to be dynamic in their approach. Health care providers have to brush up their technical skills. New generation education needs to be more flexible on the choice of subjects as now every industry is overlapping.