Despite the many issues we face on a global scale, there is still a sense of pride to be felt in the progress we’ve made on the whole. Whether this is with regard to how quickly we produced a Covid vaccine to get us out of the pandemic or the many technologies we’ve created to aid us in other difficult situations.
With regard to the latter, new technologies have been commonplace in the health industry, with all kinds of innovations put into place. But just how much are these innovations altering the healthcare landscape as we know it? What does the future hold for healthcare? Will we be using AI to replace our GPs?
Okay, so perhaps that’s a stretch, but Artificial Intelligence is certainly something we can expect to see more of in the coming years and decades, not just in healthcare, but many other industries. So how will it impact healthcare?
It transpires that AI has been a huge boost to patient experience, as well as doctors and administrative staff, in that it is able to perform tasks that are typically performed by humans in a more efficient and timely way.
From finding links between genetic codes to assisting with surgery, to personalizing treatment, to automating tedious admin tasks – AI has shown that it is not necessarily taking our jobs, but making them easier. It can work as a predictive tool in prescribing medicines and providing accurate diagnoses.
Human error is something that is fairly common in healthcare, and it can lead to some difficult and life-threatening situations. AI has been able to reduce this occurrence by taking on those erroneous tasks and improving the overall efficacy and accuracy of the healthcare industry.
What about the patient experience?
With all manner of technologies available for patients, healthcare is improving on a mass scale, especially when you consider the emergence of the Digital Health App Developer. Often compatible with wearable technologies, health apps are able to do a lot of the work that had previously taken up a great deal of time for doctors and health workers.
With wearable technologies, we can maintain our health and even set ourselves goals to improve it. Working in tandem with medical staff, we can optimise our bodies to the fullest extent thanks to the array of health apps on the market. Put simply, we have a lot of power in the palm of our hands nowadays, and that can only be beneficial to the health industry as a whole, as well as our health at large.
It’s fair to say that patients have had to be patient with regard to healthcare reaching this stage of incredible progress given the administrative hoops to jump through in previous years. With patient records now held digitally, it’s now a matter of seconds rather than minutes when seeking a patient file, or sharing it with another medical professional. Of course, there may be concerns about safety and security, but the current digital technologies in the healthcare sector are centred on the notion that your data is secure and protected to the fullest extent. Overall, we should be delighted that healthcare is changing so much in such a short space of time rather than frightened.