Technology is beginning to have a real impact on the healthcare system; and whether it’s through calorie counters such as MyFitnessPal or health tracking apps such as Samsung’s S Health, it sure has the capacity to transform healthcare routines even further.
As well as software, wearable technology has also become a large market in fitness and health in the last decade; and it shows no signs of slowing down.
There is no doubt there has been an increase in both the quality and quantity of apps and wearable technology. The question is, can it continue its growth and emerge at the very heart of the healthcare system?
A recent survey conducted by 'Aeris' found that 84% of healthcare professionals believe that telemedicine devices are now sophisticated enough to deliver similar outcomes for patients who receive treatment instructions virtually to those treated in-person.
If this kind of technology can be integrated into the healthcare system successfully, it could really revolutionise how patients are treated. At the present time, hospitals are overcrowded and doctors overworked, but if technology became the mainstay of the healthcare system, patients could be treated quicker and more effectively, saving both hospitals and patient’s time and money.
It would also allow doctors to more effectively focus on patients that actually need treatment. Health records will be stored in the cloud meaning doctors would be able to make a quick and effective diagnosis, ensuring only patients who need treatment get it.
Another way hospitals and GP services would be freed up through the use of technology is by the implementation of remote healthcare monitoring in patients homes. For example, if an injury occurs within someone’s home, they could use remote healthcare monitoring to answer questions and determine what to do next, whether it be a trip to A&E or a scheduled doctor’s appointment.
If technology advances at the same rate it has been in the last few years, it won’t be long until apps and wearable technology completely change the healthcare system for good. But it’s a big ask. Security, privacy and data sharing issues, as well as many ethical considerations, are a huge barrier in the growth of technology within healthcare. If the technology is expensive and patients aren’t convinced their sensitive information is securely stored in the cloud, no progress will be made and the healthcare system won’t be able to move into the new age.
There will obviously be obstacles in the implementation of technology in the healthcare system; but it is moving in the right direction. One thing is for sure, technology is the future of healthcare.