Virtual reality and training in the post-Covid era

In recent years, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) have emerged as important tools for healthcare. Especially in this Covid-ridden society, these technologies have been utilized more than ever, especially in healthcare employee training. Healthcare Global Magazine shares an article, written by Leila Hawkins, about the emergence of VR in the Covid and post-Covid era. According to the article, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has noted as far back as 2010 that it was better for students to be trained by simulation tools before attempting any procedures on patients. That way there would be reduced errors and better safety measures for students in training. Founder and CEO of Vitri Dr. Alex Young explains how VR training is frequently used to train surgeons and soft skills training for health professionals at all stages. “We are more problem-focused than fixed to a specific specialty or type of technology, with an emphasis on capturing unique data insights that would be otherwise impossible with traditional training,” says Young. “Ultimately, the goal is to improve human performance and therefore patient safety, and organizations are more focused on this through the lens of COVID and the need for remote training to help employees now and in the future.”


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Building a solid technology foundation enables transformation

John P. Donohue, Penn Medicine’s Vice President of Information Services Enterprise Services, shares a article on Healthcare IT News on the importance of building a solid and transformative technology foundation. He compares the importance of building a physical foundation for a house or large building as the structural strength in technology sectors. This foundation should be able to support long term stability for a company as well as future changes and needs. Donohue says IT professionals need to be ahead of the game in terms of establishing and maintaining the capabilities of their technology foundation. There are two areas he thinks IT professionals needs to consider to achieve this.

  • Wireless capabilities. Donohue states, “People who have not designed and implemented wireless infrastructures with a scalable and extensible architecture are seeing the need to delay projects while they do forklift upgrades to their WiFi technologies. Asking your operational folks to delay projects while you enhance your foundational technologies is an unsurmountable feat.”
  • Information security. Donohue states, “As we install more Internet of Devices in our environments, our vulnerability landscape grows. We need strong foundational technologies in our information security toolset that can scale and grow to meet the dynamics of the threats.”

With COVID-19 hitting the economy this past spring, this tested the capabilities and foundations of many companies and their tech sectors. Donohue reminds us that growth transformation will always happen, so businesses must have a better designed technology foundation that is stable enough to weather any changes.


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Three Ways To Successfully Integrate New Technology Into Employee Workflow

The Forbes Council shares three ways to integrate new or different technology into your team’s workflow environments. If done well, your team can achieve success while taking advantage of new technologies.

  1. Empower your employees and make them ‘beta’ testers. Galvanize your employees into being a part of the process of enhancing this new tech. Give them the chance to feel as if they are making the product better — because they are.
  2.  Hold training sessions, and set aside time to make the learning curve less steep. It takes a team effort to make a new product work to the best of its ability. Understand there will be a learning curve, but it’s possible to successfully get your team on board and excited about something new and different.
  3. Don’t reinvent the wheel. No matter what change you’re introducing — whether it be new tech or switching up another aspect of your business process — don’t lose sight of what you and your employees do best.


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How technology is helping dine-in restaurants reopen

The COVID-19 pandemic saw indefinite closures of many major businesses. Those who have stayed open, such as restaurants, have had to adjust their services the past several months. Paul Sawers shares an article on  Venture Beat of the various methods of technology restaurants are embracing as they reopen their dining rooms. With table service being the main concern (since the restaurants that stayed open focused primarily on takeout or delivery), restaurants are thinking of ways to have as minimal contact service as they can for their servers and customers. For example, Amazon-backed Deliveroo enables restaurants to accept orders and payments from diners as well as offer digital menus for walk-in customers. Additionally, Restaurants are using QR codes for patrons to view menus as well on their mobile devices. PayPal rolled out contactless payments in 28 markets for minimal contact, and TableDrop, a new platform, allows restaurants and diners to conduct business meetings from a safe distance. We are still trying to adjust to this pandemic world. Whatever the changes that we still need to make, it’s clear that technology will play a huge role going forward.


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16 Game-Changing Technologies You Might Not Know About Yet

No matter the state of the economy, technology will constantly and rapidly continue to evolve. Unique and innovative ideas are discovered every day for both the business and consumer worlds. Most rising technologies are talked about and developed for years. Sometimes it takes a little while for the “next big thing” to get recognized and catch on to mainstream technological use. Members of the Forbes Technology Council share the following technologies that will be game changers in the near future.

  1. Quantum Computing
  2. Devices That Balance Innovation And Privacy
  3. Transformer Neural Network Architecture
  4. WeChat
  5. Cloud-Based Automated UI Testing
  6. Blockchain Security And Compliance Monitoring
  7. FIDO2
  8. AutoAI
  9. Anti-Microbial Visible Light
  10. Remote Condition Monitoring
  11. Google’s Automated Phone Calls And Answering Help
  12. Dual Lens Cameras
  13. Telegram Splitting
  14. Omniscience And Next-Best-Action Prediction
  15. Color-Changing Medical Tattoos
  16. Consumer eSIM


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Top Five Digital Health Technology Trends

The current pandemic has shifted the importance of healthcare technology and the healthcare industry. Remote-care, telehealth, digital services, wearables, and other technologies have been a key resource for people who have limited their trips to the doctor’s office. Brad Womble shares an article on MDDIonline of five digital health technology trends thanks to the pandemic (according to the 2020 Digital Health Technology Trends survey):

  1. The Primary Healthcare Innovation Driver is Consumer Demand
  2. Wearables and On-Body Devices are the Trendiest Solutions
  3. Digital Health Solutions See Shorter Development Timelines
  4. Interoperability is Critical for Digital Health Success
  5. External Partners Help Make Digital Health a Reality

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the usefulness and validity of new technology-enabled care protocols, like telehealth and remote patient monitoring, says Womble. It’s increased use and dependency during this time will likely shape the way we utilize our resources in healthcare for years to come.


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3 Ways Technology is Transforming Wellbeing

Cecilia Amador de San José shares an article on of the many ways technology has transformed our wellbeing. Technology has been making great leaps over the past several decades and while it has ‘disrupted industries and job, it has also created opportunities and made our lives a bit easier. Here are 3 ways technology can improve our wellness.

  1. Improve Communication and Access to Resources – “Communication is a key element of a healthy, happy, and productive organization. Technology powered platforms can help improve communication by increasing engagement and they can help identify any flags that could potentially lead to a rise in stress levels, isolation, or burnout.”
  2. Rise of Telemedicine – “Telemedicine has been used to follow-up with patients, do routine checkups of chronic conditions, and provide specialty services and treatments (interpretation of laboratories, imaging results, etc.).  It is making it easier for workers to seek help while balancing it with their workload. It also helps improve employee decision making when it comes to seeking care for small things as well as larger issues.”
  3. Promotes Healthier Lifestyles – “Technologies like wearable devices can help promote healthier lifestyles. Devices such as the FitBit or smart watches that remind people to stand up and walk, drink water, and monitor sleep patterns have the potential to drive healthier lifestyles and help individuals make better, healthier choices for themselves.”


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15 Technologies That Will Disrupt The Industry In The Next Five Years

These days technology is a core part of how companies do business. Because technology is ever-evolving, there will always be new tech emerging on the horizon. The Forbes Technology Council shares fifteen of today’s emerging technologies that can be expected to be game-changers in the next five years.

  1. 5G Technology
  2. Unsupervised Machine Learning
  3. Robotic Accuracy And Automation
  4. Intelligent Tech Revolutionizing Security
  5. Connected Telehealth Solutions
  6. Augmented And Virtual Reality
  7. Hyperautomation
  8. Edge Computing
  9. Spatial Computing
  10. Quantum Computing And IoT
  11. DataOps
  12. Natural Language Processing
  13. Value Stream Management
  14. Additive Manufacturing
  15. Regulatory Tech Coming To Government


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10 technology trends to watch in the COVID-19 pandemic

According to the World Economic Forum, there following 10 technology trends can help us build a resilient society in this global crisis.

  1. Online Shopping and Robot Deliveries. COVID-19 has transformed online shopping from a nice-to-have to a must-have around the world.
  2. Digital and Contactless Payments. Contactless digital payments, either in the form of cards or e-wallets, are the recommended payment method to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Remote Work. In addition to preventing the spread of viruses, remote work also saves commute time and provides more flexibility.
  4. Distance Learning. Technologies involved in distant learning are similar to those for remote work and also include virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing and artificial-intelligence-enabled robot teachers.
  5. Telehealth. Telehealth can be an effective way to contain the spread of COVID-19 while still providing essential primary care.
  6. Online Entertainment. Although quarantine measures have reduced in-person interactions significantly, human creativity has brought the party online.
  7. Supply Chain 4.0. Heavy reliance on paper-based records, a lack of visibility on data and lack of diversity and flexibility have made existing supply chain system vulnerable to any pandemic.
  8. 3D Printing. 3D printing technology has been deployed to mitigate shocks to the supply chain and export bans on personal protective equipment.
  9. Robotics and Drones. COVID-19 provided a strong push to rollout the usage of robots and research on robotics.
  10. 5G and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). 5G has demonstrated its importance in remote monitoring and healthcare consultation. The adoption of 5G will increase the cost of compatible devices and the cost of data plans.

COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of digital readiness, which allows business and life to continue as usual – as much as possible – during pandemics.


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How the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping healthcare with technology

The COVID-19 crisis has hit a slew of industries, with healthcare being the biggest player for obvious reasons.  Paddy Padmanabhan, a Contributor at CIO, shares insights from a recent podcast with John Kravitz, CIO of Geisinger Health, of how this pandemic has reshaped the relationship with healthcare and technology. Below are areas where this pandemic has shaken things up.

The sudden upscaling of virtual care capacity – “Many health systems are turning to self-triaging tools to help consumers check for symptoms before asking to be put through to a doctor.”

The mainstreaming of Telehealth – “The volumes of telehealth consults have gone up several multiples since the pandemic struck.  Telemedicine platforms are also enabling patient families to speak with their loved ones in acute care.”

Digital transformation will accelerate – “Many health systems are accelerating their digital transformation roadmaps, encouraged by the success of telehealth in responding to the crisis and also sensing a fundamental shift in health care delivery.”

Cybersecurity risks will rise in the short term – “Most health systems have managed to stay ahead of cybersecurity attacks so far during the pandemic. However, it is a matter of time before cybercriminals swoop in to take advantage of heightened vulnerabilities.”

How we live and work may have changed forever – “If we take a slightly longer view, the tipping point we are experiencing is playing out through how companies are reorganizing their workforce around virtual workplace models, using video-conferencing and other virtual collaboration tools.”


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