Never before has a digital transformation in health been so urgent. The pandemic exposed the shortcomings and poor preparation of health systems in many countries around the world. Even states with well-funded and robust healthcare were shocked by the unprecedented influx of patients. They reported a wide range of pandemic-related issues, such as shortages of personal protective equipment, medical equipment and personnel, overwhelming paperwork, and underdeveloped processes.
The first wave of digital transformation has enabled technologies such as electronic health records, cloud-based applications and services, and mobile devices. This gives direct access to health information and provides healthcare providers with the tools to provide more accurate and better care.
In addition to enhancing the patient experience, these technologies have also affected providers’ back-office functions, allowing third-party providers, and administrators such as insurance companies, to work together to achieve greater operational efficiency and lower operating costs.
Tech brands are shifting their capabilities to nurture the healthcare demand.
⛅ Sophisticated cloud models
🔒 Securing large amounts of personal data
⚕️ Enabling life-saving research
— Dell EMC Healthcare (@DellEMCHealth) July 10, 2020
Therefore, we will discuss some of the top priorities for healthcare institutions, innovators, and healthcare professionals who must alleviate the current situation.
Why Is Digital Transformation Necessary For The Healthcare Industry Today?
According to the UN, the crisis has shown that companies can’t ignore technological advances, as they continue to change business models and people’s daily lives. Governments must embrace these political and technological developments and take advantage of digital opportunities to support their country’s long-term sustainable growth.
Companies like Google and Apple and several countries, including Norway, Australia, China, and Singapore, are working or have already launched several COVID-19 contact discovery applications to control the pandemic’s spread. Governments and organizations are allocating serious budgets to accelerate innovation in healthcare and help medical institutions and healthcare professionals to overcome the pandemic crisis.
Now, let’s take a more detailed look at the digital transformation in healthcare and see how technology has changed healthcare.
Important Technologies That Are Influencing Healthcare Industry
The wearable market has grown significantly in recent years and has become one of the emerging health technologies in 2020. Today, there is a wide variety of portable devices, from accessible, connected inhalers to delivery systems, monitoring of patients used in hospitals.
Patient Monitoring Platforms
In an era of increasing patient flow, a large pool of connected patient monitoring systems in hospitals play an even more critical role. They provide significant staff relief and continuous remote monitoring of dozens of ICU patients from a central center.
GE and Microsoft collaboratively developed Mural, a virtual care system that can monitor ICUs with minimum number of doctors and nurses, while reducing the use of PPE.
Early Diagnosis WithAI
AI-enabled technologies such as deep learning and computer vision are some of the capable tech advancements majorly used in healthcare for early diagnostics. It offers a precautionary recognition for disease classifications and diagnostic for skin cancer and pneumonia.
The growing interest in contact tracking applications is becoming popular in this situation of the global pandemic. Simultaneously, many mobile systems for doctor-patient communication and monitoring of treatment, adherence, telemedicine, and others received attention, support, and funding.
Some of the top telemedicine app is Doctor On Demand, Amwell, Lemonaid, Plushcare, and many others.
Moreover, the next phase of the digital transformation aims to make healthcare even more efficient, with tools and services that help healthcare providers work proactively to keep their patients healthy. This overall health concept is much simpler to achieve with technologies such as artificial intelligence, analysis, wearable devices, and mobile health applications (mHealth).
The digital transformation of healthcare is one of the most important steps in keeping pressure under control and helping to completely avoid the healthcare crisis.
Panacea Infotech, being a tech leader is striving to make most out of the new-age technologies and enable tech-driven possibilities in healthcare segment.