From telemedicine to virtual reality, advances in healthcare technology continue to improve the quality and efficiency of care, helping healthcare providers to reduce their capital and operational costs in the process. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the big healthcare technology trends to keep your eye on in 2017 and beyond.
Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring (RPM) are already having a big impact on the healthcare industry. The proliferation of mobile devices has made it possible for many doctors to provide telemedicine and RPM services to a greater number of patients without ever having to see them in person. Mobile devices and wearables can be used to check a patients’ weight, pulse and oxygen levels, and transmit the results to the doctor in real time.
According to the global telemedicine market report, the market will be worth USD 113.1 billion by 2025. Key drivers of the market include increasing incidences of chronic conditions and rising demand for self-care.
Virtual reality has the potential to revolutionize medical education and training. The global augmented reality & virtual reality in healthcare market is expected to be worth USD 5.1 billion by 2025. According to the report, the growing adoption of AR & VR in the medical field, increasing investments in emerging technologies, and constant developments in healthcare IT are some of the key factors responsible for growth of this market.
Hospitals have turned to the virtual world to train healthcare professionals in medical procedures. Fully immersive 3D operating room simulations could be used to train students in real life situations. It could also be used to broadcast operations, allowing students to watch the surgery in real-time without being present.
Cloud computing has simplified data sharing and provided an easier, more flexible way to access healthcare data. The global healthcare cloud computing market report says cloud computing is helping healthcare providers to reduce their capital and operational costs.
It is gaining traction in the global healthcare industry as organizations are adopting an information-centric business approach. The demand for on-premises software solutions in the healthcare industry has receded due to the growing adoption of cloud-based solutions.
The global chatbot market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 37.11% during the period 2017-2021. Their popularity is on the rise, and they can be seen across a wide variety of industries. Not only are social media sites adopting them, but chatbots are being used for banking, travel, restaurants, customer service and to provide recommendations for a host of other services.
There are also a number of chatbots in the healthcare market. You can find HealthTap, Florence Bot, and Your.MD on Facebook Messenger. There is also Melody, launched China-based web services company Baidu, which provides suggestions to doctors about possible treatment options for their patients based on information that has been submitted to the chatbot.
The question you have to ask yourself is - would you trust the recommendations provided by the chatbot, or would you prefer to get an actual doctor’s opinion?
Over 16 million American’s health records were exposed in 2016, according to a report submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights. The threat hasn’t show any sign of going away either. A March 2017 report from the Identity Theft Resource Center indicated that more than 25% of all data breaches were related to health care.
This shows the healthcare sector needs to learn from other industries, like financial service, which is investing a considerable amount of time and resources into cyber protection. There are a number of options out there, from experimenting with blockchain technology to adopting some form of biometric-based security.
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