Technology is accelerating like never before as all areas of business are being benefitted by it. 2018 will be one of the crucial years as it has witnessed advancements in all sectors especially the healthcare industry as innovations in IT, medical devices, and data analytics are taking place. Here are three major technological trends that have played an essential role in health care during the year ahead and into 2019.
Development and growth in AI are helping everyday healthcare processes to become increasingly sophisticated, and as the benefits become more widely recognized, the adoption rate will automatically rise. 2018 seems to be creating a landmark as organizations are planning to invest in AI, machine learning and predictive analytics. Organizations are investing in AI to automate tasks such as routine paperwork, tie-sheet entry, scheduling, and accounting.
Big Data and Analytics
Technological advancements in recent times have led to a paradigm shift in the amount of health data generated. This technology will become even more sophisticated with time, leading to the generation of more data with greater accuracy. By integrating this data into the clinical workflow, healthcare professionals can have better insights and value from this massive data and can use it to make diagnosis quick and more accessible. On the other hand, health insurance companies will be able to monitor patient health more closely and accurately.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things in healthcare has witnessed an exponential increase in recent years from remote monitoring to wearables, smart sensors, and mobile applications. Such developments are aimed towards providing improved, secure and cost-effective solutions that facilitate better engagement, connectivity, and productivity amid the clinicians and patients. The possibilities of IoT in this sector are infinite, making it possible for clinicians to monitor patients at home, workplace or from anywhere in the world thereby reducing the cost and time spent on diagnosis.
IoT is evolving and is redefining the healthcare industry which has always been cautious when it comes to adopting new technology. The significant challenges for healthcare IoT reside around the management of the collected data and its security, and hence the future of IoT will primarily rely upon the ways the healthcare organizations will turn this data into meaningful insights while keeping it secure.