The healthcare industry is no way left behind in adopting cutting edge technologies to transform the way it’s working. The industry is striving to meet the challenges faced in the 21st century. The adoption of technology in the healthcare industry continues to rise in the coming years.
Here are the top 6 technology trends that will lead in 2020.
Today, wearable technology is much more than a step tracker. More than 80% of people are willing to wear wearable tech to keep track of health. There are many other variants of wearable devices such as ECG monitor that detects atrial fibrillation and deliver reports to the doctor, smartwatches tracking heart rhythms, self-adhesive patch sensors that track temperature and heart rate. The worldwide revenue of wearable medical devices is expected to reach $30–90 billion by the end of 2025.
The global medical robotics market is estimated to grow at a substantial rate to reach $20 billion by 2023. Robots specialized for human treatments comprise surgical robots and rehabilitation robots. Most of the robots assist doctors to examine and diagnose patients living in the countryside by telepresence, to deliver medical supplies, to sterilize hospital rooms, to package medical devices, in lab automation, to help patients to rehab or with prosthetics. Some robots help doctors in operations, therapeutic massage cobots.
The adoption of 3D printing is one of the ways the healthcare industry is transforming. It is enabling medical professionals to offer patients a new form of treatment. Now, the surgeons can reproduce patient-specific organs, bones, and blood vessels with 3D printing that will help them to prepare for operations and procedures. 3D printing is used to develop advanced surgical cutting and drill guides and also for prosthetics.
Computer and Machine Vision
Computer and machine vision technology helps medical professionals not only to save their time on basic tasks but also to save the patient’s life. The technology offers a precise diagnosis with the slightest presence of any condition that might be left out by the doctors. Also, it helps to detect fatal illness in its early stage. Machine vision can tell how much blood the woman loses in childbirth that allows the doctor to take appropriate care to the mothers.
Blockchain technology is of significant use in the healthcare industry to maintain medical records. It places the patient at the centre of the ecosystem. Blockchain records clinical trials in real-time that provides more accurate and elaborate data for health research. The technology also helps in preventing drug fraud. It keeps watching the entire manufacturing chain of each drug. Any transaction that takes place is recorded in a block. Blockchain technology addresses the issues related to medical billing with its decentralized records and ease the payment process and prevents forged transactions.
AI and Machine Learning
AI and Machine Learning continue to transform the healthcare industry in the digital age. The technology offers more advanced ways to detect disease, diagnose conditions, to formulate treatment plans. It also helps to automate tasks and analyze big medical data to deliver better healthcare services. The application of AI and ML is increasing due to continuous demand for wearable devices, digital medicine, and efficient working methods.
The technologies provide numerous opportunities in the healthcare industry helps millions of people with efficient delivery of services.