There is no question about it, digital health is helping shape the future of healthcare. Patients are becoming proactive and are now weighing their options when it comes to finding the most
Our top 5 picks for emerging technologies that are helping shape the future of healthcare are telehealth,
Traditionally, when you needed to see a doctor it required a lengthy visit to the doctor’s office. Times are changing and telehealth is becoming the wave of the future. Patients no longer have to rearrange their schedule or take a day off just to be initially seen by their doctor. Now it’s as simple as hopping on a conference call with your provider to avoid long commutes and even longer waiting room times.
There are numerous benefits to choosing remote healthcare from the comfort of your own home. The options are endless because telehealth allows healthcare to become easily accessible for everyone regardless of their condition or physical location. For most elderly patients, mobility can be a huge obstacle to them receiving the care that they need. Telehealth is squashing those concerns, by allowing healthcare professionals to communicate and treat their patients remotely. This saves them time, money and frustration because it eliminates the need for them to coordinate transportation as well as the burden of physically making the long trip to the hospital. Gone are the days of handwritten appointment cards and visits to the doctor's office for a prescription refill. Telehealth is dominating the digital health market and we are expecting it to exponentially rise in the coming years.
One of the biggest pain points that blockchain is trying to solve is transactional inefficiency. The use cases of blockchain in healthcare are abundant, but these 10 picks look to be the most promising:
- EHR’s (Electronic Health Records)
- Authentication & Improvement of health records
- Clinical Trials
- Claims Adjudication
- Drug Traceability
- Smart Contracts
- Precision Medicine
- Population Health
- Health Information Exchange
- Supply Chain
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
In June we gathered select leaders from across the healthcare industry for an exclusive event held with IBM - “Health in the Cloud.” Together we discussed competitive advantages through the use of cognitive computing technologies. Attendees got the chance to learn how to innovate and design cost-effective, real-world applications in the healthcare and life science industry through the use of IBM’s cutting-edge Watson AI technology and cognitive cloud platform.
But what is IBM Watson exactly? It is AI that uses cognitive computing to simulate the human thought process. What sets Watson apart from the competition, is that it is able to reason unlike any supercomputer has been able to before. Just like doctors make choices, Watson can also weigh out options before making a decision and hold much more information than the human mind. It can analyze millions of documents it has learned and can pull crucial information in mere seconds. The benefits Watson can bring to the field of healthcare are truly groundbreaking because it can link the pieces of information into patterns and relate them to each other, forming unique insights.
IBM Watson even has a special program for oncologists where it helps to design treatment plans. It does so by analyzing the structured and unstructured data in clinical reports and combines these findings with the patient’s file. This program uses the power of AI and cognitive computing to help identify possible treatment plans for a patient. AI in healthcare has the power to provide physicians with all the necessary info needed to make the right decisions.
Healthcare wearable technology is designed and developed to help clinicians and their patients make better decisions. When you hear the word wearables, you probably think of smartwatches and bands that consumers love such as the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear or Fitbit. Wearable electronic devices can track everything from physical activity to vital signs and also sleep patterns. Large tech companies such as Samsung Electronics are partnering with healthcare organizations to solve some of the biggest pain points in healthcare. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced that they are switching their focus from robots to wearable healthcare technology. As the tech giant makes diversifies into the health sector, they have developed a compatible app called Samsung Health that can monitor signs such as heart rate or track sleep patterns to help users take health into their own hands.
Healthcare is facing digital disruption as patients demand mobile access to their health records, want to schedule appointments, order refills with the click of a button or communicate with their doctor online. Healthcare providers must make the digital shift to offer faster, quality care to their patients at a low cost. To do this, providers must leverage the cloud and its IT infrastructure. Unreliable servers and the rising costs of maintenance are two of the main reasons why hospitals turn to the cloud.
With cloud computing, all data and health records are securely stored in the cloud, making them accessible from anywhere. If a server breaks down nothing is lost and there are zero maintenance fees or energy bills. Cloud computing also comes with a pay as you