There is an urgent need for adaptable infrastructure to cope with health crises and modern healthcare challenges.
Fremont, CA: Adoption of new healthcare technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, robots, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are essential for healthcare if it is to survive. Presently the global events have forced the healthcare industry’s hand. The industry has witnessed a sudden rise of telehealth platforms, the use of AI in diagnosis and realized the importance of ‘secure, reliable and timely data’ enabled by modern telecommunications.
Health tech innovations are important, but the true potential and capabilities of technology as an aide to the healthcare sector are still not entirely realized as this pandemic has made everyone understand, the urgent need for an adaptable infrastructure to cope up with such health crises, immediately and in the years to come.
Furthermore, the challenges that many countries have been facing for many years before this current crisis must be acknowledged. There has always been a demand for scalability and quality within healthcare. As the global population lives more prolonged, and many people living with non-communicable diseases, more than 400 million people have diabetes alone globally – that require regular medical checks, and they must utilize healthcare technology to democratize healthcare fully.
AI is already being leveraged through the application of machine learning (ML) to enable medical professionals to understand certain health conditions better. For instance, through AI programmes, scientists can explore the enormous volume of data that makes the DNA in the blood of cancer patients. This insight can help them detect specific mutations which will eventually be useful in classifying those most at risk or identify those that might need further consultation. With the help of pattern recognition, AI has the potential to allow patients to be screened more efficiently and to assist doctors with overall disease management. Thus, they will eventually be able to better coordinate healthcare plans for long term treatments.
Similarly, IoT sensing technologies are allowing to approach major health threats differently, mainly through forms of supervision. In the consumer market, the adoption of smartwatches and other wearables are noticed that can track the heart rate or exercise output – but as the potential of these types of technologies is realized, they will be put to even better use in the remote monitoring of patients or improving medical systems of record.