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Medical Innovations for Future

By ESOutlook | Monday, January 07, 2019

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Healthcare is an industry in need of innovation. Healthcare providers, life science companies are facing rising costs and inconsistent outcomes. So innovations in healthcare can bring breakthrough performances. The top innovations that transform the healthcare sector are

1. Telehealth: It is the use of digital information and communication technologies such as a computer, mobile devices. It allows long distance patient-clinician contact and care including advice, reminders, monitoring etc. The benefits of telehealth include aiding readily available healthcare services, supporting self-management of health care, and providing access to medical professionals.

2. Mobile Technology: Mobile devices are gateways to improve engagement with healthcare providers. Virtual appointments, viewing lab test results, video consultation with doctors or nurses are all possible with smartphones. It has the power to change how medicine is practiced in the healthcare sector. 

3. Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI is used in the analysis of complex clinical data. Healthcare AI applications are analyzing the relationship between prevention and treatment techniques and patient outcomes. It has applications in diagnostic processes, treatment protocol development, personalized medicine, drug discovery, patient monitoring, and care also.

4. Blockchain: It has the potential to transform the industry by placing the patient at the center of the healthcare ecosystem and increasing the security, privacy, and interoperability of healthcare data. Blockchain-based systems have the potential to reduce the cost and frictions of current intermediaries. It connects fragmented systems to generate insights and to better assess the values of care.

5. Wearable technology: Patient monitoring devices have the potential to enhance healthcare systems by aiding remote monitoring of patients. Wearables provide real-time access to health records, thereby availing quicker diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions.

6. Electronic Health Record Tools: An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient's case chart. They are patient-centered records available for authorized users. It contains a patient's medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, radiology images, and laboratory test results. This acts as an evidence-based tool to make decisions about a patient's care.

7. Healthcare Transportation: It is a systematic process by which patient specimens, pharmaceuticals, supplies and medical records are transported to and from multiple touch points of healthcare providing organizations. This daily movement of the critical materials impacts the ability of an organization to provide optimal care.

8. Genomics: This involves using genomic information about an individual for clinical care. For example diagnostic or therapeutic decision-making.

9. Vertical Integrations: In a vertically integrated health care system, a health care organization offers, either directly or through others, a broad range of patient care and services.

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