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Technology is Redefining the Healthcare Sector for Tomorrow

Saroop K P

The medical landscape is currently being transforming through the influx of latest technology and redefined in order to meet the challenges it faces in the 21st century.

The current progress in healthcare technology landscape wipes away the adage that stigmatizes the domain as a slow respondent to innovation. While keeping an eye on the industry-specific technology trends hitting the market, there is a sea-change in the collective focus which is now towards prevention and early invention in healthcare domain. The question is whether the stakeholders are yet ready for a smart healthcare delivery future that satisfies customer experience with the changing patient demographics. Here, we are examining the importance of technology in healthcare that is turning the wheel towards a solid foundation for a better future.

Deep Data Insights through Wearable
Technology is also gaining ground as a research tool. Once recognized as the tech for early adopters, wearable devices has become more common among people today. It is no more a mere device that could tell how many steps one has walked, but a lot more than that. Smartwatches of

today can read people’s heart rhythms. Advanced wearables are now in the market that can do ECG monitoring for detecting atrial fibrillation and send reports to doctors. In the future, a major deployment of the same will be presented in the market under the title 'remote patient monitoring'. Wearable tech is poised to help people get efficient health support if there are anomalies in the trackers.

Advancements using Cloud Computing
Observing the need of healthcare organizations in maintaining an infrastructure of systematic record-keeping, an array of hybrid, private and public cloud-based platforms are available for sharing large files. This helps patients and healthcare providers in accessing records from cloud, making the process of consultation smoother. Spending for Cloud computing needs in the healthcare industry has touched around USD 3.73 billion last year, and is forecasted to reach USD 9.48 billion by 2020. This growing digital technology in healthcare would further accelerate cloud based adoptions for not only saving data storage but lowering the cost in much of its services. According to a recent survey by HIMSS, over 83 percent of healthcare organizations are already using cloud services.

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Deployment of AI machines that can provide decision making data similar to how humans perform is the new landscape awaiting the healthcare sector. Generous application of AI improves the speed and accuracy of the diagnosis process, and analytics technology to identify developments in the patient diagnosed and enable doctors to start working on early treatment methods. Microsoft is developing Project InnerEye that can take 3D marking of planning cans in minutes. This AI tool is expected to deliver full accuracy. AI is proven for its synergy that could garner key developments in healthcare. IoT and other devices will increase the size of available data sets for AI to function more efficiently and improve analysis.

“2020 will be a key year for regulation in health tech. It is expected to have even more collaboration between regulators and independent companies. As digital health technologies become increasingly popular, new regulations and higher levels of scrutiny will be paramount,” says Claire Novorol, Co-founder of Ada Health. She further adds that the emerging trends in tech seem to be coming through big data analytics and exploring new ways of enabling citizen access to health data.

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