Computer science and information technology began revolutionizing the healthcare, way back in 1950s. Drugs, medical equipment, and treatment procedures, ask what, with the advent of these technologies, is not shaken up yet. Now, in this decade, they are metamorphosing even the way the healthcare is accessed and delivered.
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…there is the Internet! Today, patients and caregivers have access to almost the same amount of information about a disease and its management as a healthcare professional. Health-related content, from symptom checkers to detailed fact sheets, is all out there in easy-to-use formats and regional languages. Patients are highly informed about their health and care options, and empowered to take part in shared decision making.
Online support groups are vast resources of information on diagnosis and treatment gathered from personal journeys. Patients engaged in these groups, exchange information on health, economic and social resources available to cope with the challenges thrown at them by the disease. 24/7 connect with individuals located across the globe, experiencing similar health challenges, provides the much necessary emotional reassurance, practical tips, and confidence to wade through the illness.
Healthcare apps are enabling patients to take greater control of their health by delivering essential medical information and guidance on preventative strategies right into their palms. Whether to translate medical terms into everyday language, share patient records with providers, get guidance on preventative strategies, track your daily activity, or schedule an appointment with the doctor, there is an app.
Track more than your walk
Biosensitive wearable devices are now capable of monitoring heart rhythms, pulse rate, blood pressure, body temperature and much more. Consumers of smart watches and other wearable devices are able to avert acute health events by proactively seeking medical support when there is an anomaly in their data.
While on one hand the wearable technology is getting better and better at generating extensive and high quality patient data, on the other hand AI and Machine learning algorithms, are constantly ‘learning’ from medical data collected from various sources, and predicting the probability of a disease in an individual and medical outcome of an intervention.
AI and ML powered futuristic biosensitive wearable devices provide comprehensive real-time health data for real-time remote monitoring of a patient’s health. Together these technologies are geared to transform the way clinicians deliver care.
Machine Vision is another technology of paramount importance in medical diagnostics. Given the sheer volume of medical images a typical imaging procedure produces, sifting through them manually find an image worthy of further scrutiny, leaves gaping scope for error in diagnosis. Machine vision technology applications analyze the images and detect abnormalities accurately and quickly so that the treatment can be started promptly.
Personalization is the key
Progress in AI and ML has made it possible to tap into the genomic information of a patient to tailor a treatment plan unique to his needs and risks. Genomic medicine or personalized medicine seeks to identify the diseases an individual is susceptible to or if he is likely to develop the inherited condition, by decoding his genetic makeup. With this information on hand the patient and his clinicians work together to manage the risk through medicines, and timely medical intervention. Genomic medicine is already making an impact in prognostics, diagnostic and predictive tests and promising a new era of healthcare bringing fresh hope to patients.
Digital Twins harnesses the power of AI and IoT to create high resolution models of individual patients. Clinicians treat these models computationally with several drugs to identify the best drug to treat the patient. Digital Twins assists doctors make treatment decisions and determine the possibilities for desired outcome of a procedure. Digital Twins together with Genomic medicine heralds a new era in patient–centric care.
With 3D printing technology making inroads into healthcare, surgeons are able to replicate patient-specific organs to help prepare for procedures. The technology is being used to develop comfortable prosthetic limbs and dental implants too.
5G for reaching out to rural areas
The quality and speed of the network are pivotal for healthcare services to reach rural areas through telemedicine. The advent of 5G facilitates reliable transfer of huge imaging files for specialists at healthcare centers to evaluate them and recommend care within a short period.
The impact of new age technologies like AI, ML and IoT on the healthcare is accessed and delivered is already profound and appears to be accelerating. Personalized health care, delivered at the patient’s convenience is the definition of a new paradigm of patient-centric health care.