Technology affects the healthcare industry in many ways. Thus, as the healthcare industry unwinds right in front of our eyes, it is imperative to familiarize ourselves with some key drivers behind these changes. That said, this write-up looks at some ways technology has left transformed the caregiving industry.
Technologists have every reason to believe that Artificial Intelligence, commonly referred to as AI, will redefine the healthcare industry. AI algorithms are now used in managing patients’ records and medical research. Notably, artificial intelligence has made life easier for doctors to make informed diagnoses. On the other hand, AI has been integral in developing some drugs such as two recently launched drugs that could help in solving or suppressing Ebola.
Virtual Reality has also changed many things in the healthcare industry. For instance, some virtual reality programs have made it possible for young patients and doctors to experience what it feels like to be in their 70s. These developments are mostly used in training doctors to solve the disconnect that has existed between young doctors and older patients. Virtual reality has been vital in fostering sympathy among caregivers in their line of duty.
Augmented Reality – AR
Augmented reality is somehow different from virtual reality. This technology is meant to put information into the eyes of the users and still make sure they do not lose touch with reality. Unlike VR, AR is believed to be the next big thing that will initiate critical developments in the healthcare industry. In the case of caregivers, it helps students prepare better for real-life scenarios. Patients too are able to describe their symptoms better with AR.
Trackers, Wearables, and Sensors
Medical technology also seeks to empower patients. One way of doing this is to let patients take care of their health without involving medical practitioners in a big way. By using wearables and intelligent sensors, patients can take care of their health. These devices can also be used to manage your lifestyle. For instance, you can quickly look assess your cognitive abilities, maintain your weight, and monitor your mental health.
Besides the technologies highlighted above, there is a lot more. So if you are passionate about learning or following key technological trends, the best way to go about is to keep learning. Doing due diligence on your part will certainly see you get a fresher perspective about where technology is taking the healthcare industry.