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Influential Technologies in Healthcare

By CIOReview | Friday, February 1, 2019

Technologies in healthcare allow computer scientists to do their work, such as heavy-duty analysis for data transfer, algorithms, and predictive analytics. Technology and healthcare can be combined to complement each other and ultimately provide patients with benefits.

Smart health products in combination with IoT redefine medical care to achieve better treatment results at lower cost. The inclusion of IoT in intelligent health products attracts a wide range of services, including remote health surveillance, chronic diseases, fitness programs, and elderly care. This is particularly important for the treatment of critical care patients, as patient data is easily accessible to medical staff across multiple platforms at any time.

Virtual care device could play an important role in time and cost reduction for the healthcare industry from interacting with patients to leading patients in the most efficient care environment. Robot-assisted procedures can compensate for differences in doctors skills in new or difficult surgeries, which often affect the patient's health or the cost of the procedure.

Precision medicine is a new approach to the treatment and prevention of diseases that take into account the variability of each patient's genes, environment, and lifestyle. Blockchain addresses the challenge of synchronizing patient data between multiple different Hospital Information Systems (HIS) while ensuring the security and privacy of patient data through the adoption of a distributed patient identity management framework.

Cognitive Computing simulates processes of human thinking in a computerized model by means of deep learning algorithms and natural language processing. It is a well-known example of IBM Watson. Health wearables are the precursors to the new model of delivery of healthcare that focuses on personalization and commitment.

There are several wearable brands in the market today, some of which are fitness trackers, skin patches, sleep sensors, smart glasses, and activity monitors. All these devices collect raw patient data, which is then supplied and analyzed by a software application. New technologies promising better patient care and results are on the horizon. These emerging health technologies automate complex processes, operate more efficiently, and reduce costs for payers, suppliers, and ultimately consumers.