The Future of Healthcare Technology
How the influence of technology has changed the healthcare industry
Advancements in technology play a large role in the betterment of society by introducing new ways of solving problems that were not previously available. These advancements push industries to become more efficient in the work they provide to the general public and internal structure systems.
While this technological advancement applies to every industry, one core industry that benefits greatly by this relationship is healthcare. Healthcare as a pillar of society provides service to individuals in a way that helps increase the sustainability of society as a whole. With citizens that live longer, and in general, are more healthy, the benefit to the rest of the group is that of more dedicated resources in adjacent industries and stronger overall unity.
These are the foundations of a system that awards technological innovation for more sophisticated equipment and more informed discoveries in the field. This focus can be seen over centuries of healthcare advancement from the introduction of primitive ambulances during the time of Napoleon Bonapart to the creation of MRI scanners in the late 20th century.
The Influence of Healthcare Technology
Since its inception, the concept of healthcare has proven to give great advantage to groups and societies to employ it. In the 21st century, modern healthcare can be found in virtually every culture that exists. It often sits at the front of our political debates and can be a driving force behind massive political campaigns. But where did this industry begin to emerge?
One of the oldest forms of healthcare technology can be found in early Egyptian culture. Recently, the oldest form of prosthetic was discovered on a female mummy and is dated to be from somewhere between 950 and 710 BC.
Since then, we’ve come a long way in how we apply technology in healthcare. While there is still much being done in terms of actual patient technology interaction, a large majority of advancements that are made today come in the form of digitization.
Most people agree that the future of healthcare technology is likely going to be in the form of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cloud technologies. These advancements over the past few years have proven to be highly beneficial to the efficiency of patient management and care.
Not only is the equipment used to treat patients continually evolving, but the way we disseminate that information is changing too. Today, we equip the tools available to send relevant information anywhere in the world, nearly instantaneously. As we continue to make these advancements, more integration between the equipment and the cloud will prove to be even more relevant within the industry.
Artificial intelligence, almost a cliched buzzword at this point, has already played a large role in healthcare for the last few years. Employing AI technology to help assist medical professionals saves time, otherwise done by a human, by automating processes in an efficient way. According to a study done in 2015, misdiagnosis accounted for nearly 10% of deaths in the United States. With the implementation of AI, reducing errors in diagnosis has the potential to be greatly reduced the number of deaths due to human error.
With new equipment and technologies comes the accessibility of new data. This data can be used as leverage to make informed decisions about everything from medical diagnosis to business finances. One area in which this data is being currently used is in the form of EMS dispatch data. This data provides EMS dispatchers and billers with the ability to provide more accurate information about patients, give efficient directions to drivers, track dispatch times, and bill patients in an efficient way.
A Final Note
Moving forward, it’s important to keep in mind the benefits of investing in these advancements to better the overall efficiency of the industry. The most important thing that we can do, is to educate and prepare the healthcare culture to be able to seamlessly integrate new technologies quickly. Ultimately, there is no benefit to investing in new innovations if there is no feasible way of implementing them easily.