Whether it’s assisting with high-risk surgery or sharing information between patients and doctors, it has become obvious that technological advances are well on their way to disrupting the health industry. These include applications in virtual health care and AI among others.
Virtual Health Care
Also known as telemedicine or telehealth, virtual healthcare allows patients and their physicians to communicate using technology such as mobile apps or video conferencing. Travel times, convenience, and ease of use are the main reasons why patients choose this type of health care.
AI is causing many industries, including health care, to do a 180 turn. Many health care executives are already integrating this technology in their operations. More specifically, this includes population health, clinical decision support, disease control, re-admissions, patient safety, quality of health care, health plans, medical costs, cancer care, and supply chain management. Budgets for all these areas are increasing throughout the US this year compared to last.
As AI becomes more common and developed, it can help diagnose conditions like skin cancer, strokes, heart disease, and eye disease.
Nanomedicine is rapidly developing area that controls individual atoms on a very small scale. Doctors are using it to diagnose, treat, and prevent certain illnesses. It’s much better than conventional medicine at accurate targeting and delivery systems. By 2025, the world nanomedicine market value is expected to exceed $350 billion.
Albeit typically associated with gaming and other forms of entertainment, VR is penetrating health care as well. The immersive, multi-sensory experience provided by it can benefit both patients and physicians in the following ways:
- Healthcare worker training
- Physical and mental health
Virtual reality is thus considered an efficient and cost-effective tool for both treatment and training. It is estimated that the value of the VR health care services market will reach $285 million in 2022.
Robot-assisted surgery allows doctors to perform highly complex and delicate procedures. Generally, this form of surgery enhances control, precision, and flexibility, causes less scarring, and comes with fewer complications.
3D printing has come a long way since it was first introduced, and nowhere is this more valid than when it comes to its uses in the health care industry. 3D printing makes faster prototypes available, creating everything from medication to personalized prosthetics at a fraction of the current cost of production. More importantly, 3D printing is revolutionizing tissue repair and organ transplants.
While technological adoption into the field of health care is not without its challenges, there is clear value to speak of, especially considering we have yet to go into depth in terms of the tech-driven possibilities in this industry.