According to the United Nations, health tech is defined as the application of organized skills and knowledge in the form of vaccines, medicine, procedures, systems, and medical devices developed to improve quality of life and solve a health problem.
The development of these technologies has led to a total overhaul of the health sector as it has changed the way various activities and operations in the health sector. As the world evolves, technology will begin to play a vital role in the way health care is administered. We will begin to see a shift from the current traditional diagnosis and treatment to a new order of holistic and therapeutic approach.
As medicine continues to develop, the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence will not only bring about digital non-invasive solutions to diagnosis and treatment but also improve the overall health sector. If you are curious about the future of health tech, then here’s a sneak peek into some of the innovations that will take over the health technology sector.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
Generally, traditional medicine requires doctors and health workers to treat patients based on the diagnosis carried out on the patient. However, there is a high possibility that the doctor may not have access to the patient’s full data.
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The introduction of ML and AI to health tech brings about the introduction of innovations like chatbots which will help in bridging the existing data gap between the doctors and patients. More so, AI will also help health professions in developing more effective treatment processes and therapy.
Blockchain is gradually gaining popularity and dominance in the technology space and is the foundation on which most core technologies stand. In the healthcare sector, this technology focuses on allowing patients to give access to their medical data, decentralize their data, track medications, and provide secure payment options, among others.
Blockchain technology also provides superb consumer experience thanks to its intuitive and self-explanatory systems that provide patients with care at a time and place of their choice with little or no manual input.
In recent times, there has been an increase in the usage of wearables hence leading to the gathering of large amounts of data. These data can be used by healthcare professionals to access and monitor patient’s health while they carry out their day to day activities.
The wearables will be able to gather and store the data in the system while tools such as Natural Language Processing (NLP), conversational analytics, and graphs can be used to interpret the gathered data as well as provide findings and prescriptions.
That said, this innovation will make it possible for medical professionals to accurately diagnose the chances of having a particular health condition as well as provide the correct treatment.
This technology allows several Healthcare Information Technologies (HIT) to interact, analyze, exchange, share, and interpret data continuously.
This innovation will make it possible for health professionals to access patient’s data irrespective of the location where they received medical care.
In the future of HealthTech, innovations like augmented/virtual reality will play a vital role in areas like mental health, imaging, rehabilitation of patients, and health education. Additionally, they serve as a gateway to the development of new and innovative therapies and treatments that help to improve a patient’s overall experience.
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Even more, this technology comes in handy in terms of planning and communicating surgical interventions by taking into consideration multiple variables thus leading to a more favorable and better outcome.
In all, as the use of smart devices continues to increase, there is a need for all the healthcare sector and other sectors to tap into the numerous advantages its technology brings.
HealthTech will not only improve the quality of health care delivery, but it will also reduce cost, save time, and make quality healthcare available to everyone.