It’s no surprise that the healthcare industry is thriving on the newest technological advancements. Technology is everywhere in the medical field – from artificial intelligence to telehealth to 3D printing and robotic surgical assistance. Jacob Kupietzky, president of HCT Healthcare Executive Interim Management & Consulting, shares an article on Newsweek of four major components in healthcare that have rapidly advanced thanks to technology.
Collecting Information. “The proliferation of smartphones and wearable trackers like Fitbits have made it possible to monitor and record patient activity and vital signs remotely, without the need for constant medical supervision. It also allows physicians to access objective, reliable data with which they can make informed medical decisions.”
Diagnosis. “A diagnosis is a professional judgment based on available data. That leaves lots of room for human error, be it from unreliable patient self-reports to misinterpreting data to insufficient measurement. Now, machine learning and artificial intelligence can identify trends within large data sets that lead to faster and more accurate diagnoses. This allows for more sensitive testing and more successful interventions.”
Treatment. “Traditionally, treatment would require in-person, doctor-to-patient interventions that risked human error and unforeseen complications. Now, while no medical intervention is truly foolproof, technological improvements have made treatments safer and more available, and in some cases can even preclude disease. Telemedicine has made certain low-risk interventions more convenient and broadly accessible by making them remote.”
Running And Building Your Practice. “Making sure your practice remains up to date can not only keep it from feeling stale — it can also help ensure you’re providing the modern health services your community needs. That not only increases convenience — it creates better outcomes. Machine learning helps with analytics, and virtual appointments and electronic prescriptions help with telehealth patients.”
The digital age of advanced technology has greatly revolutionized the healthcare industry, and will continue to play a critical role for years to come.