Healthcare providers must now, more than ever before, be comfortable with change. They must not only be able to provide sound medical advice, but be up-to-date on the latest technology in our healthcare system.
Whether recommending an app to monitor blood-glucose levels or using a VR simulation to help a patient overcome traumatic experiences, providers are expected to understand how digital technology has transformed the scope of medicine.
Some worry that technology will render jobs obsolete, that robots will start to take over the workforce. But healthcare is absolute. Advancing technology won’t overcome the power of personalized treatment; it will simply make care more productive.
In the spirit of embracing meaningful change, here are four technological trends, according to business.com, that are under the healthcare spotlight for 2019.
Internet of medical things (IoMT)
In 2019, IoMT will expand beyond wearable devices.
Managing chronic diseases: By using precision sensors on patients with diseases like diabetes, hypertension or organ failure, IoMT allows healthcare providers to constantly track medical data and raise alerts in case of an irregularity.
Remote patient monitoring: Rather than relying on patients to accurately communicate their symptoms, providers can remotely monitor their patients and access medical data, resulting in more precise treatment.
The advent of high quality video chatting, smartphones and social media has spearheaded the growth of telemedicine. In addition to remote consultation with physicians, we can expect many more benefits from telemedicine within the next year.
Mobile health: An umbrella term for the healthcare app space, mobile health will focus on providing personalized care and collecting data to make early diagnoses.
Post-discharge patient monitoring: Remote patient monitoring systems will become a highly effective tool to reduce readmission rates and prevent further onset of disease.
Sometimes, we all need an incentive. By applying gaming techniques to the healthcare industry, apps are able to engage patients and motivate them to reach their goals. In 2019, gamification will focus on:
Disease Prevention: Those with chronic diseases often find it difficult to keep up with regular testing and monitoring. “Re-Mission” is a video game designed to help cancer patients adhere to treatment. The game uses Roxxi, a robot, who fights through the bodies of fictional patients to employ them with a sense of power and control.
Cognitive and Mental Health: “SPARX” is an e-therapy tool that has been proven to help young people with depression and anxiety. It involves a “game-world” where users can learn and practice skills in a fantasy environment.
Artificial intelligence (AI) offers a number of advantages over traditional data collection methods and decision-making techniques. Here’s how AI will be applied in 2019:
Voice-based assistants: Like Siri or Alexa, introducing virtual assistants in healthcare systems will help providers prioritize tasks and conduct their jobs more efficiently.
Medical research: Processing a large amount of data in a short time is beneficial in identifying population trends. AI can manage data in a way humans simply can’t, allowing us to make discoveries in a much more accurate way.
Last updated on 9/26/19.