Nothing remains constant, right? Everything in this world is bound to change sooner or later. Apart from death and taxes, nothing is safe from all these changes. A major aspect of human life is related to healthcare. We have long since realized we can make a difference on the quality and length of our lives by adopting certain habits and practices that promote good health and help us fight off the occasional ailments we may have over the course of our lives. Seeing how far the healthcare system has come this day, it would probably make you feel grateful that you live at this age wherein most ancient (and often painful and cringe-worthy practices) are now rendered obsolete. You now have the help of modern science to help you navigate through life in the best possible health although at times it comes at a cost. And as much as we would like to delude ourselves into thinking, it is far from a perfect science but it works most of the time in meeting our needs when it comes to the fragile state of our health.
Technology plays a big part in the evolution of the human healthcare system. Wherever you look in hospitals, there are various tech gadgets and contrivances that does work in as simple as data encoding to actually supporting human life and helping those in near-death circumstances bounce back again. Computers are everywhere and healthcare professionals use it non-stop in the delivery of vital health care and life-saving procedures. It is even possible that in the near future, artificial intelligence will also be used and definitely transform the entire concept of patient care. We can only imagine what happens until that time comes and continue to marvel at all the big and little things technology accomplishes in the healthcare setting.
While this may seem like a rudimentary understanding of how technology has impacted healthcare, it would be prudent to list out its key benefits to all stakeholders across the spectrum. For the patient, the need for human intervention and the possible impact of error or bias is reduced, ensuring a scientific and calculated approach to healthcare. When it comes to the medical practitioners, it reduces the time they spend on therapy and recommendations, by providing real time automation. As for the healthcare industry, it brings about standardization, improves operational efficiency and reduces costs in the long run.
Having said that, it is imperative to highlight the myriad ways in which technology has improved healthcare from the patient’s perspective. Something as basic as the use of handheld and connected devices by doctors and nurses, for instance, has the potential to transform patient care. The ability to collate lab results, records of vital signs and other such critical patient data in a centralized platform has enhanced the level of care and efficiency a patient can expect to receive when they enter the healthcare system.
Making sure that hospitals are equipped with all tech advancements it needs will cost a lot of money but the return is that complications or problems arising from human error is significantly reduced just as long as your machine is working fine and you don’t have any power outages to deal with. While nothing can replace real healthcare professionals in their line of work, there are certain tasks that you can actually delegate to machines. Doing this can help address various realities we are now facing today such as expensive healthcare and insufficient medical staff among others that have become big issues too especially on its impact on the quality of healthcare that patients receive.
The conventional wisdom that the best care is delivered in-person by experienced caregivers may soon be overturned. Rising health care costs, a shortage of physicians, and an aging population are making the traditional model of care increasingly unsustainable. But new uses of virtual health and digital technologies may help the industry manage these challenges. A number of new technologies are helping to move elements of patient care from medical workers to machines and to patients themselves, allowing health care organizations to reduce costs by reducing labor intensity.
Virtual health refers to the use of enabling technology — such as video, mobile apps, text-based messaging, sensors, and social platforms — to deliver health services in a way that is independent of time or location. We believe uses of virtual health hold potential to boost the capacity of primary care doctors — without adding or training more professionals — at a time when the American Association of Medical Collegesprojects a shortage of as many as 40,000 primary care physicians (PCPs) in the next decade.
It is inevitable for technology to be widely used in healthcare given the nature of this field. We are experiencing massive shifts in technology itself with industry leaders and innovators geared towards the use of artificial intelligence and the rise of quantum computers someday. They might really come in handy as these new technologies can, without a doubt, help medical institutions save money and speed up efficient delivery of services that is still a major crisis today especially when manpower is short.
Automating most of these medical services that aren’t urgent gives the patients more control over their health as well as speed up consultations when necessary data are already filled-up ahead of time and can be conveniently accessed online or on a central file. The benefits may be many but let’s just also prepare in advance for the risks because no technology is perfect and we can’t just compromise human health in the process.