Technology has been making impactful changes to many industries around the world, including healthcare. In fact, there have been a few significant trends in recent times which have extensively shaped the way modern healthcare works. From improving internal research methods to discovering new modalities of care, technology is effectively revolutionising the way modern healthcare operates.
Keep reading to find out three tech trends in modern healthcare that have and are set to continue to make a difference in the space.
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has taught the world that traditional in-person practices do not necessarily have to stay face-to-face. Instead, many practices, including healthcare ones, are increasingly being done online. For example, both patients and healthcare practitioners such as chiropractors are adapting to the new world of technology by using telemedicine and online communication networks.
Due to the increase of online healthcare practices, there have been increased risks of clogged networks as a result of large data files being transferred. This is where 5G networks come in. 5G networks enable healthcare providers to send large scale files smoothly, and also allow them to reach further areas (such as regional) in shorter amounts of time. More reliable and capable than existing data networks, 5G is becoming a staple in the modern healthcare industry.
AI (Artificial Intelligence)
AI has long been a form of technology which has influenced the way our world works, and is slowly but surely making its way into healthcare. AI has been found to improve internal healthcare operations and workflow, especially when programmed to inform algorithms which help with decision making and support.
AI is also proving effective in the operating room, due to its ability to use motion tracking to record complex surgical procedures and configure algorithms to replicate them. Evaluating all the important factors such as location, speed and the movements of surgical instruments, many experts believe that the application of AI will transform the industry for the better to minimise mistakes and help with the learning process of medical students and existing surgeons.
3D printing is already widely used in healthcare, however is set to continue to influence the medical surgical care space. 3D printing has traditionally been used to bioprint hardware and create custom implants for patients. It also helps with:
- Surgical guides
- Anatomical models
- Surgeries such as spinal maxillofacial and cranial.
When it comes to the future of 3D printing in the healthcare space, concerns mainly revolve around its expensive costs as well as potential data privacy infringements. 3D printing technology is often incredibly expensive, especially for small group practises which need to balance the cost of purchasing 3D printing technology with its clinical benefits. The exchange of digital imaging files through 3D printing must also be heavily protected by secure and private protocols to keep patient data safe.
The healthcare industry is constantly evolving as a result of the influences of technology. Emerging from technological advancements in healthcare are three key trends; the rise of 5G networks, AI and 3D printing. Be sure to keep up with these trends if you are looking to understand the healthcare industry and its future trajectories.