Distinct Predictions about the Future of Healthcare

By CIOReview | Monday, July 30, 2018
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Healthcare practices are going through massive transformation driven by the outset of various disruptive solutions like patient registration to smart diagnosis and self-care tools. From data analytics to AI, machine learning, and wearables, the advancements in technology over the past few years indicate that the industry will continue to experience shifts. Experts in the healthcare landscape have considered all of the current technological trends, and based on the data, have put forth some of the distinct possibilities about the future of healthcare. Hospitals and healthcare institutions in the future will be filled with robots like TUG and Pepper. TUG-like robots will carry around medications and equipment in and around the hospitals, performing the delivery and transportation tasks to free clinical and service staff, and help them focus on patient care. Pepper-like humanoid robots will be used to greet patients at hospital receptions or act like human companions and interact with people, ‘read’ their emotions, learn, move, and adapt to its environment on its own. Pepper will also be able to perform facial recognition and develop individualized relationships when it interacts with people. 

The rise of VR, 3D printing, and AI-supported surgical robots are already helping surgeons become more powerful and confident in the operating room. Medical models created via 3D technologies will enable physicians and doctors to be well-prepared for complex surgical cases, by allowing them to examine a particular organ from all angles. In the few next decades, we can expect to see surgical robots, such as the da Vinci Surgical System being commonly used in hospitals. According to current market analysis, it is predicted that by 2020, the sales of surgical robots would almost double to $6.4 billion. So, the question is will robots replace surgeons in the future?

VR technology is proving to be an excellent tool in making health care a more immersive experience for both the doctors and the patients. It has the ability to alleviate all kinds of pain, dissipate fears, and offer more empathy and better care. However, there is a possibility that its excess use might lead to a wave of addiction in the future, just like online gaming, which is increasing the possibilities of diseases such as obesity, heart problems and more.

We’ve reached an era where technology is power. Sooner or later, all businesses and industries will transform digitally and healthcare will be one of the major industries to have undergone a sea change with technology advancements that would completely reinvent the way healthcare is provided globally.