Apart from empowering the medical study and learning for medical students, the latest developments in technology are building a new era of electronic healthcare and telemedicine with high medical ethics, quality care, and better patient-doctor communication.
FREMONT, CA: Medical education is rapidly evolving, influenced by many factors, including the transforming healthcare landscape, the changing role of medical practitioners, altering customer expectations, and the diversity of pedagogical techniques. The objectives of using technology in medical education include facilitating knowledge acquisition, decision making, improvement of perceptual variation, empowering skill coordination, practicing for critical activities, team training, and many more. Different technologies available today can address these goals.
• Artificial Intelligence
In the past few years, the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on healthcare and medical education has grown increasingly. These developmental steps are improvising the training and education of medical students, staff, and doctors. The most significant role has been played by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, where surgical procedures and diagnosis are performed with ultra-precision using newer technologies. Right from robot-assisted surgery, cardiac diagnosis, clinical training, drug safety, drug administration, controlled behavioral study, and treatments medical and nursing education is incorporating the learning of current technologies in healthcare to up-skill the medical staff and practicing doctors.
Internet of Things (IoT) has opened new avenues for medical practitioners. This latest technology helps medical students and professionals to experience and understand even complex surgeries performed live in another part of the world in front of them. Conferences and seminars in this age are on new age technologies, thereby adding to the betterment of the medical education models. Also, the edge provided by healthcare information technology has realized the dream of providing health care services in every corner of the world through E-Healthcare. It is indeed that, and modern medical education is greatly benefitted through the studies done by scientists, clinical academics, and practicing physicians.
• Electronic Health Records
The system of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has also transformed the complete scenario in the healthcare industry for patients, doctors, and medical students. Furthermore, EHR data is analyzed through data science and has sourced, managed in the data clouds, enabling medical students to understand case studies and examine with the fullest accuracy.
• Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are useful for medical students to a great extent. The E-learning models and classroom practices incorporating AR and VR can be leveraged in medical education and training, surgical simulations, rehabilitation treatment, pain management, and behavioral therapy which helps students to understand better and provide quality treatment.
The entire usage of medical education technology is now worth some $336.2 billion worldwide as per reports. The goals of medical education and universal healthcare facility are yet to be achieved; the inclusion of new age technologies in the curriculum will address the challenges in the healthcare industry. With this, the future seems glorious, but more efforts need to be put together to create a comprehensive medical education and healthcare infrastructure.