We are embracing technology and innovations to keep pace in every sphere of life. Healthcare industry is no exception and is using technology in a big way too. Technology is creating and providing cheaper, faster and more efficient patient care systems and solutions; increasingly playing a role in all the processes in the healthcare industry, from patient registration to patient experience and everything in between like, data monitoring, lab tests to self-care tools etc.
Communication Devices Continue to Evolve the Way Consultancy & Treatments Function:
People are now more digitally attuned than ever before as communication tools have become very user-friendly. Patients are looking at convenient and easy solutions for their health issues and problems. Smartphones and Tablets are perfect answers which have made it possible for these patients to undergo consultation and virtual medical examination from the comfort of their homes or wherever they are, instead of physically rushing or visiting the clinic or hospital. Now it is possible to do all the recording, monitoring, sharing information via communication devices and apps.
All the services that had to be carried out in the hospital premise earlier are now being taken out of the confines of the hospital and getting integrated with fast and easy to use communication devices and apps. In times to come, as technology evolves hospitals are likely to invest more in technology to ease virtual consultancy, diagnoses, treatment prescriptions etc. They will save doctors and patients remote visits and thus become cheaper and quicker.
Robotic Nurses and Assistants:
Every year a considerable number of hospital staff and nurses are reported injured while lifting heavy patients and their life support. Healthcare technology & research labs are on their way, creating robotic nurses and staff to carry out heavy-duty jobs which will safeguard the health of hospital staff as well as that of patients’. Some such Robot nurses are already on-duty under observation lifting real human patients from one place to another. These robots are fitted with high accuracy sensors and technologies and are developed by design experts.
Remote Patient Monitoring to Attain Value based, Patient-Centered Care:
Through existing monitoring programs, healthcare professionals are collecting health data of patients that are required like symptoms, weight, blood pressure, sugar level, blood oxygen, pulse, electrocardiograms etc. based on which doctor makes diagnoses and prescribes treatment. Technology is now taking a step forward, that’ll enable healthcare professionals and patients to take the engagement to the next level by facilitating remote patience monitoring. Healthcare technology experts are developing portal device through which doctor can continuously keep a watch on all kinds of health parameters to monitor patients remotely. This tool will allow doctors to perform their job with accuracy without having to resort to an in-person visit.
Thus the new tool will create an opportunity for the physicians to develop close engagement and partnerships with patients in order to have a real-time update about their health status which will help them to take more accurate and timely steps in fast and efficient manner. This tool/device is going to be of immense help to patients who need constant monitoring and medication. This is going to be a boon for blood pressure patients and those taking insulin to control blood sugar, more so the juvenile diabetics.
Bulbs That’ll Disinfect Environment:
Healthcare Research labs are developing bulbs generating rays with power to kill bacteria in the atmosphere. These will be extremely helpful in hospitals where people with different elements and diseases come and chances of infections spreading are more. A technology is being developed which is using visible lights will go on disinfecting the environment to prevent infection from spreading further.
Batteries for Medical Devices That Will Work for Longer Duration
Pacemaker fitted in our hearts run on batteries that has to be replaced with an expensive surgery. There are several other medical devices that run on batteries and need charging at some point and that comes for a cost. An innovation is in the offing that will provide us with longer lasting, faster charging batteries.
In the healthcare, world technology is transforming a business model into a transparent, patient driven experience.