The future is now! Not only for our technology and our gadgets used for leisurely activities but also in the realm of healthcare. The technological advancements that are present right now are transforming our healthcare for the better. This makes everything a lot more accessible and very convenient for us, the patients.
Everything from the internet, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and data insights are transforming our healthcare. We’re here to make sure that you don’t get left in the past.
Strap in and get ready to learn everything you need to know about the ins and outs of digital transformation in healthcare.
Digital Healthcare Trends And How They’re Used
The first step of accepting digital healthcare is understanding that it’s not just about the technology. It’s about how it’s used and how they make things run smoother overall. An example being the presence of the internet, making it possible to book appointments online.
Convenience is the name of the game, and these trends are what’s dominating the current healthcare industry:
1. On-Demand Healthcare And Booking Appointments
Everyone has their own pace and would like to keep their schedules clear and uninterrupted. Having to book an appointment on a day that isn’t convenient for you can be stressful and cause you to move appointments that you already made! Having to go to the hospital to book an appointment can also get quite hectic, considering the lines that are there.
On-demand healthcare is a necessity that is made even more convenient by the existence of the internet. It’s important to consider that over 2.7 billion people all across the globe own mobile phones, having appointments booked online become a must-have for hospitals everywhere. The broad demographic of people who want to book online for convenience has made appointments a lot easier for both the patient and the staff at said hospital.
Say goodbye to long lines and stressful conversations with staff, just a few taps, and searches on your phone, and you’re all set.
2. Virtual Reality
Virtual reality has been used as a treatment for quite a while now, and it has improved more and more. This is usually used to either train surgeons and doctors to make them perform better at their tasks or to treat phobias and cases of PTSD.
Studies show that surgeons and doctors who train on virtual reality and simulations perform their tasks faster and 30% better than their peers that didn’t have said training. They had fewer mistakes as well in comparison to their peers. The most significant advantage that this brings is that it allows doctors to learn new skills or hone existing skills while being in a safe environment and without running the risk of endangering another person.
Virtual reality visualizations can also help with PTSD patients; this is called Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET). This helps by treating and addressing the behavior of avoidance. This is especially effective for people who have anxiety or for veterans who have PTSD.
Virtual reality has been a great help and is a growing market that will reach over $5.1 billion by the end of 2025!
3. Artificial Intelligence And Wearable Medical Tech
Artificial intelligence in healthcare has been mainly used for diagnosis, drug development, patient care, monitoring, and even treatment protocols. A staggering 84% of industry leaders and medical practitioners believe that artificial intelligence will impact and transform healthcare by a considerable amount.
In comparison to the year 2000, the number of active AI-units and startups has increased 14 fold. The market and the usage will only increase throughout future years, eventually exceeding $34 billion by 2025.
Wearable tech won’t be overshadowed, though! Smartwatches and other wearable gadgets have been storming the markets because of how they can monitor your health while also being compact. The data is beneficial and can track your BPM, steps you’ve taken, and even the distance you’ve traveled by foot.
Digital transformation in healthcare has changed us for the better and will only continue to do so. You can rest easy knowing that your health is in the right hands in the near future!