Technological advances have been changing the way that we facilitate healthcare services. The primary incentive for achieving a digitized healthcare sector is to ease the seamless provision of healthcare services to patients in need.
The improvements in nutrition and medicine that technological equipment helps to create can help millions of people to take a more active role in their personal health, and even increase life expectancy. This digital transformation can be summarized into three main pillars.
The rise of telemedicine
Since the healthcare system targets achieving the objective of serving as many patients as possible, telemedicine has come as a concept that facilitates the ease of coordinating patient care. Through telemedicine, patients get a chance to communicate as seamlessly as possible with their healthcare service providers before actually visiting the facility. Telemedicine, when applied in this manner, provides healthcare facilities the ability to offer highly efficient medical services to patients. This technology makes it possible for patients to book appointments in advance, therefore eliminating the situation of healthcare facilities that are cramped with patients seeking basic medical services. In remote regions, telemedicine makes healthcare accessible to those who need it most by eliminating barriers like distance and travel time, which often prevents people from seeing a doctor.
Internet of things technology
The Internet of things of medical devices is a largely welcomed idea whose application in the healthcare sector is gaining preference and penetrating deeply. In essence, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of connecting devices to the internet with an on and off switch. The idea behind the Internet of Things as it applies to medical devices is to enable doctors to improve efficiency as far as sharing patient physiological data is concerned. The physician’s role in the clinic has been made much easier as doctors can record patient information at the click of a button. The ability of different devices to exchange information with each other enables physicians to become operationally efficient and lean.
The wearable device technology in the healthcare sector is receiving more limelight than before. In addition to wearable technology, patients can now have microchips and other physical, digital devices inserted into their bodies. Both types of devices can remotely transmit data from the patient to a medical facility. For example, a wearable device on the wrist can be used to accurately assess patients’ physiological conditions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar concentration, and blood oxygen concentration. This data can be remotely transmitted to a healthcare facility where doctors analyze how the patient is responding to medication.
The rise of this concept has increased the precision with which doctors can attend to patients. It is also a game-changer when it comes to minimizing the cost of acquiring medical services, as patients are not required to attend clinics in person for physiological assessments to be conducted.