how do you define healthcare

Another Look at the Future of Healthcare Technology

In a previous blog post, we looked at some exciting predictions for the future of healthcare. Today, we’re going to continue that post, and delve into some other technology that you just might see in the coming years!

First, how do you define healthcare? It is the efforts that trained medical professionals make to restore physical, mental, or emotional wellbeing. In the technological age, we seem to hear about new advances in healthcare almost every year. A company called Managed Healthcare Executive recently put together lists of healthcare technology that could appear in the next decade.

These predictions offer a possible look at the future of medicine, not to mention what could be in store for patients and providers alike. Here’s a look at the highlights from their forecast…

Technology You Might See in the Future

how do you define healthcare

1. More cloud integration with current technologies.

“Everyone’s digitizing their data, whether that’s electronic medical records or X-rays. But digitizing data doesn’t do anything other than that. It changes data from one form to another instance. The transformation that’s brought about by the cloud and bringing that data together, allows for all kinds of interesting things. That to us is the number one transformational aspect going forward for the next few years.”

2. Let’s talk AI infusion.

“We are early in the journey for cloud and AI adoption today, but we are already starting see some amazing progress being made, and we expect this continue and with a broader adoption of applied AI in areas such as the clinical interpretation of complex datasets, intelligent medical images, voice integration, and real-time insight of streaming medical devices and sensors data. Examples of this include how intelligent voice integration and bot technologies are being used during virtual consultations to reduce the time spent entering data.”

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3. Infrastructure upgrades to boost accessible healthcare.

“The ability for clinicians to meet with patients via web and mobile portals is essential for chronic care management. A majority of this country is still rural. So, we need to rely on technology to fill gaps in human connections in healthcare—telehealth will be more important going forward, as infrastructure and technology continue to improve. Hospitals and clinics will need to prepare for a world that technology is making smaller. Over time, I think at-home, remote care will be most valuable in rural areas, where technology use is far more practical than a long drive to see a doctor.”

4. Smart devices, anyone?

“Wouldn’t it be really interesting if I prescribed an anti-diabetes tablet, and I’m also prescribing an app on the patient’s smartphone that makes sure that they stay somewhat adhering to the medication? If they have any side effects, they’re educated about when they should see the doctor or when they could just simply ignore them… The idea is that we have to go beyond the pill. As a physician, there has to be a better way to virtually have eyes on the patient even when they’re not in my exam room four times a year for 15 minutes.”

5. Personalized care taken to the next level.

“In the next decade, clinicians will have the ability to use blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence seamlessly to provide specialized care to patients… Essentially a clinician will have the ability to say, instead of just practicing in an evidence-based way, we’re going to combine evidence and personalized choices to give patients a much higher likelihood of being successful at the first set of treatments that are offered, instead of going back and forth a few times trying to figure things out.”

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6. Adapting healthcare technology to consumer technology.

“When millennials go to work at a hospital, we are asking doctors, nurses and care teams to step back 20 years and use landline phones, fax machines, pagers, and overhead calls—all of which downgrade and add complexity to our millennial workforce… So, over time, antiquated technology that doesn’t mirror what is used in our personal life and is not secure will be eliminated. As younger people continue to enter the workforce, many hospitals will be forced to modernize.”

7. NASA-inspired command centers might be coming to a hospital near you.

“Imagine a comprehensive, interactive, digital command center where clinicians can get real-time multiple source data through an entire hospital. This year, GE Healthcare piloted a 4,500-square foot command center in Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Similar to an air traffic control center, the command center can communicate with cross-functional staff within the hospital, and can outperform delivery activities, such as patient discharges. GE Healthcare aimed to deploy 20 additional command centers in 2018, with a goal to make them globally available in 2020.”

8. Machine learning driven by patient-identity matching.

“Lack of easy interoperability between systems continues to be healthcare’s biggest technology problem… By enabling the rapid matching of patient data to the right patient record as it comes in, this technology will drive clean, complete transfers of patient medical records between any system—the core definition of interoperability.”

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