As one of the sectors rapidly being transformed by the advent of “Industry 4.0”, healthcare is undergoing dramatic change with new innovations appearing all the time. This article will explore “Healthcare 4.0” and how the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and other technologies are powering a new kind of connected healthcare for patients and providers.
Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting digital transformation in healthcare, including:
- Personalized apps for patients and clinicians
- Patient-owned and accessible healthcare records
- Connected patient observation and remote monitoring
- AI-driven diagnosis using current and historical data
- Custom data analytics
1. Personalized apps for patients and clinicians
There is huge potential in the healthcare industry to make the most of cutting-edge technology. Personalized apps are a game-changer for doctors and patients alike. Medical apps improve the interactions patients have with their physicians and healthcare facility. Using these apps, patients can book appointments and check details of recent visits and diagnoses and other data.
New technology also enables greater physician efficiency. Personalized apps give doctors better visibility over their patients, allowing them to access an individual’s medical history and other data quickly so they can provide quicker consultations and even more accurate diagnoses.
2. Patient-owned and accessible healthcare records
Handling and storing medical records is a vital part of any healthcare organization. Today, advanced solutions store patient records and personally identifiable information (PII) safely on cloud-based servers and following regulations such as the HIPAA, while enabling easier access for the patient to their own data—including medical history. In a world where we are creating more and more personal—and health-related—data on ourselves, we need to make sure that there is some thought behind where it is stored and how we can access it.
Data is generated on wearable devices and social media and in appointments with your doctor, tests and results, etc. Healthcare facilities and their IT departments are now leveraging technology solutions to help them store and keep track of all this data gathered from disparate locations and sources.
3. Connected patient observation and remote monitoring
With the explosion in health data that we all generate these days, technology leaders in healthcare can help doctors and other medical practitioners keep up to date with their patients from afar. This is done via connected health devices and remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology.
In today’s world of remote working and social distancing, these technologies are more important than ever. Being able to monitor patients from afar means there is more space freed up in hospitals for those who really need it. Time needed to schedule and conduct in-person appointments for both patient and doctor is reduced.
4. AI-driven diagnosis using current and historical data
Based on the high volume of data in the healthcare industry and information that patients generate, coupled with the growing power of artificial intelligence, there is an approaching shift in how we diagnose diseases and other issues. The advancement of AI in healthcare is one of the most exciting areas of the intersection of health and technology.
Applying AI across areas such as radiology or histopathology could help transform medical diagnostics. The goal is to train AI to be able to suggest potential diagnoses from an X-ray, for instance. And it goes beyond diagnostics. Right now, R&D within healthcare is making great strides to bring the power of AI into everything, from vaccines to curing disease.
5. Custom data analytics
Data analytics solutions in healthcare is another game-changer. It offers insights that could vastly improve the medical field’s ability to do their jobs. With sophisticated data analytics, doctors can potentially predict future health issues with much better accuracy and take preventive measures to reduce risk.
Along with improving the quality of care given to patients, medical facilities can optimize their own resources and ensure better processes. This ultimately leads to better patient experiences and care. In a time when healthcare has had to deal with a global pandemic and inevitable trauma of that, making improvements wherever it can via technology be a crucial crutch to help us all get back on our feet.
The future looks healthy with The Bauen Group
The current landscape for technology in healthcare is only the beginning. Because healthcare providers know their business best, the Bauen Group is keen to work with you, empowering you to devise and create new solutions that will define your organization’s future. The Bauen Group currently works with several healthcare providers, creating personalized apps that directly affect the business side of healthcare.
Let’s build the future of healthcare together.
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