We all have heard and read about the wonders technology is doing in other industries. It is increasingly proving to be an integral part of our lives today. In the healthcare field, digital technology has increased operational efficiency with respect to the standards of medical care. This ongoing digital transformation has significantly raised the overall experience for both patients and professionals. In particular, medical experts see that technologies such as big data artificial intelligence and robotic process automation have great potential in the healthcare industry. Let's read to find out more.
1. Big Data - One of the greatest benefits of using technology is that it allows us to capture and store data. Conducting epidemiological studies, research and clinical trials through the use of technology helps collect data almost instantly from a larger and more diverse population. Such a thorough collection of data allows for meta-analysis and permits healthcare professionals to stay ahead of cutting-edge techniques and trends. Also, access and analysis to large amounts of data can help clinicians and physicians identity risk factors and recommend appropriate preventive measures.
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI) - AI has helped doctors reduce the occurrence of misdiagnosis and errors by 15%. Doctors, pathologists, and radiologists are using AI for screening, cut down on medical negligence, and also help detect cancer in a few cases. Apart from this, pharmaceutical companies can find better trial candidates for drugs that are currently in the research and development phase. AI's inroads in medicine are revolutionary and will transform the healthcare industry shortly.
3. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) - In the healthcare industry, the margin for error is zero. Afterall, it's a question of life and death. RPA's entry into the healthcare industry has been a blessing. Robotic-assisted surgery comes with greater control, extreme precision, and zero margin for error. Robotic nurses can help in the drawing of blood and have shown better results when it comes to finding the vein, thereby enhancing the patient experience.
Overall, technology is transforming our lives in all spheres. It is through technology that we would be able to lead a sustainable life on earth given the population explosion and the scarce resources. One should also keep in mind that if we need to be well prepared for the next epidemic, technology must be at our fingertips.
While the healthcare industry has its battles to fight, so do governments across the world. Governments everywhere are working on war footing trying to save their citizens and minimise the economic loss. They're struggling to strike the right balance between saving lives and reopening the economy. But every crisis is underlined with great opportunity. Let's read on to find out what should the government's focus be in a post-pandemic world.