November 16, 2017
Every nation is vying to improve their life expectancy rate. It is an indicator of any nation’s wholesome development. To achieve greater life expectancy, the quality of the healthcare services needs to be checked and improved. The quality of healthcare services is directly proportional to the healthcare expenditure. This is very problematic and is a major challenge for all the countries around the globe.
Some see digital transformation and digitization as a stepping stone to reduce the excessive healthcare expenditure. Now, the big players in this healthcare ecosystem are all pushing and pressing for the need of digital transformation. But the success of this effort relies on the vast reach of the digitization technology. It should reach all the nooks and corner of any nation.
When we are talking so much about the digital transformation in the healthcare sector, do we really know what it is and how it helps? Digital transformation is not just about buying new technologies and latest tools that can ease the process of healthcare procedures, but it is also about changing the operational process in the healthcare sector and making it more automatic and efficient.
Digital transformation focuses more on information handling. If the information gathered from the modern digital devices can be channelized effectively, it can be structured to give automated responses to the existing and upcoming health problems. Merely purchasing a technology will not produce any result. There must be a plan about how we are going to use that technology to engage with the whole process of health care revamp.
In some parts of the world, the planning to engage digitization with healthcare has started to produce results. If we look at the top digital transformation trends in the healthcare sector, you will have a fair idea about its future. Let’s discuss the
The cloud access technology has increased the accessibility for both the patients and doctor alike. The patients are now accessing their test results on the cloud without passing through the nerve-racking phase of waiting. In some developed countries, it is expected that by 2018, more than 60% of the interactions with the healthcare experts and facilities will take place using mobile devices. The educated doctor fraternity is already using a medical app of one kind or the other and they frequently access the drug info with its help.
Paper filing of the patient’s record is becoming a thing of the past. Hospitals and private doctors are all storing the patient records over the cloud and connecting the patients with the cloud to get 24/7 access to their medical records and test results. To confirm the laws of patient privacy, they are also focusing pretty well on the healthcare IT infrastructure and data security.
Do you know what telemedicine is? Well, telemedicine involves the use of telecommunication technology to remotely diagnose and treat the patients. In a survey back in 2016, it was found that doctors consider telemedicine as a better way to treat chronic diseases. They say that the traditional office visits to doctors are more tiresome and demoralizing for patients.
With telemedicine, patients can receive the best possible healthcare, if they just have a smartphone and a smarter internet connection. It saves time and money for both the doctor and the patient. Telemedicine is finding enormous success in the field of mental health care. The patients needing emotional support are finding quick access to therapists on just a click of the button at a much-reduced cost.
Data is the leader in the digital world. Manipulation and channelization of the data are proving revolutionary in all the fields of digital transformation. By measuring the customer satisfaction to identifying risk factors for the patients, artificial intelligence is proving its worth everywhere. There is a new concept being discussed globally, which is the Internet of (Medical) Thing (IoMT). Using this concept, mobile and wearable devices are connected to work as a cohesive self, to create medical health reports and data.
Apart from being helpful for the patients, this data is also helpful in predicting ongoing healthcare trends in any part of the world.
Going to a local grocery store or dispensary, to measure blood pressure or weight has all become a thing of the past owing to an increase in the use of wearable devices. Do you know that even your smartphone with healthcare mobile application can perform DIY blood tests, ECGs, record temperatures and heartbeats?
The automation in the healthcare sector has made it possible to send automatic prompts to the patients about when is the correct time for their weight, sugar, oxygen level or pulse check. After the correct checkup, patients can enter the results in the portals especially designed for the patients. Even the real-time result transmission has become a reality. Now, with a little pro-activeness and no labor, patients can minimize the risk of bigger diseases like heart stroke, lungs failure etc.
The inclusion of Healthcare robots in hospitals is a much talked about and debated concept in the field of healthcare digital transformation. Does it seems futuristic? Well, it is not. According to IDC, by the year 2019, there will be a 50% increase in the use of robots. These robots will do automated tasks of delivering medications, food, and medical supplements.
I think, that now, you may have got a glimpse of what is going on in the field of medical digital transformation and what is expected from it in the future. This transformation seems to be more beneficial for the patients. It seems that if this digital transformation takes full force, the patients will be in the driver’s seat. They will get better and full access to quality doctors and healthcare facilities at a very affordable cost.