by Gaurav Dubey
The COVID-19 pandemic worked as a catalyst for change in public health initiatives, hastening their implementation and uptake. As a result, the need for a new model of healthcare delivery with a greater emphasis on preventive measures, distant care, and significant technology reliance was emphasized and worked by both the government and commercial healthcare organisations. The pandemic served as a wake-up call for many facets of healthcare systems, including overall preparation.
During the epidemic, significant problems were a shortage of medical services, surgical equipment, medications, and lab results that were not 100% reliable. During these times, there was a desperate need to make everything more streamlined, accessible, economical, and reliable. Technology swiftly stepped in to assist.
Our daily use of technology has shown to be advantageous in terms of ease, particularly when it comes to healthcare and medical institutions. More than ever before, innovation is attempting to broaden its horizons and make our lives more effortless. A greater emphasis is on preventive measures, virtual treatment, and a high reliance on technology.
The following are some of the important areas where technology is expected to enhance healthcare:
Concentrating on Remote Wellness Products:
Retail consumer wellness products have grown in popularity. The pandemic has likely contributed to the expansion of this market, particularly for health technology businesses that focus on individual well-being.
After virtual care, the ability to provide patients with treatment from the comfort of their own homes has revolutionized the paradigm of quality care and accessibility. This is especially true for healthcare providers who were able to move many of their critical services out of healthcare facilities and into patients’ homes during the epidemic. This trend is expected to continue and grow in popularity over the next few years.
Making healthcare ready for technological advancements:
Technology is making the healthcare sector more sustainable and sophisticated, allowing healthcare services to become more affordable and accessible. Mobile-enabled devices may now be deployed in large numbers to monitor quarantined people and trace exposed individuals throughout regions and/or nations quickly and accurately. Thus, saving on human resources burnout and the time taken to manually track and record the spread of infection across regions.
Unification of Healthcare and Big Technology:
During emergencies, the need for international coordination and information exchange among competent healthcare authorities and the fast deployment of professional teams on the ground has been repeatedly emphasized. Because patient identification was difficult, a standardized patient administration system was developed to make things simpler and streamline all medical data. Big internet corporations have long attempted to boost the use of health technology, but it wasn’t until last year that this trend became widespread.
Expanding the usage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation in Healthcare:
Similar to the convergence of health tech and big tech, AI in healthcare is being used to assist health systems and practitioners in eliminating time-consuming administrative activities such as patient monitoring, medical transcription, and other administrative responsibilities.
Making Healthcare Holistic and Sustainable:
With so much trash generated in hospitals and laboratories, waste management becomes a massive issue. Innovation in the healthcare business will result in the re-evaluation, envisioning, and reinvention of long-term efforts to preserve patient health outside of the examination room.
It serves as a model for further integrating such technology into healthcare design and delivery because it is now known that technologically enabled solutions can be adopted and will perform better. When both patients and healthcare professionals become active participants in this process, optimal outcomes can be achieved. However, to do so, the ethical, regulatory, and legal issues which arose during the pandemic must be addressed. The current experiences across the globe lay the foundation for significant post-COVID-19 healthcare reform, enabling systems to better get ready for future healthcare scares.
Gaurav Dubey, CEO, LivLong
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