Without question, we are living in the age of technological breakthroughs and perhaps no industry has felt the impact of those breakthroughs quite as much as healthcare. As advancements in research, data collection and patient care continue to be realized, practitioners are now able to leverage state-of-the-art tools and techniques for practicing medicine in ways we never even dreamed possible. Here are five positive ways tech is revolutionizing the healthcare field.
Improved Diagnostics and Decision-Making
Thanks to data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, doctors can now leverage the power of computing to help them make more accurate diagnoses and more informed decisions. Data can be instantly gathered and expertly analyzed to provide physicians with access to information that helps them better identify concerns – often before they become a problem – so they can deliver faster, more effective treatment options to patients.
If someone suggested just a decade or so ago that people would be able to consult with a doctor face-to-face and receive treatment advice without ever leaving the comfort of their own homes, it might have conjured up images of old-fashioned house calls. Yet, today, thanks to the use of the internet and smart devices, just about anyone can receive basic patient care from anywhere. Simply connect real-time with a participating physician through a platform like MDLIVE, LiveHealth Online or Doctor On Demand, to discuss your symptoms and even receive a prescription.
Improved Products and Devices
Pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers are already light-years ahead in terms of leveraging data to better serve their clientele. The more information that’s available, the more these companies can gain valuable insight into things like how patients react to certain medications, ways to improve the quality and efficacy of products, whether any gaps exist in treatment options and so much more.
Faster Recovery Time
Thanks to advances in modern healthcare technology, medical procedures are becoming safer by the day. For instance, the introduction of laser technology has significantly reduced recovery time and made surgery less invasive and therefore less risky than traditional methods. A surgical procedure that might have taken an average of 4 to 6 weeks for a patient to fully recover may now only require a fraction of that downtime.
What’s better than one good medical professional? A team of them working in tandem. But communication and collaboration used to be challenging. With today’s technology, however, doctors can easily connect and discuss patient needs with one another regardless of physical location. This makes it much easier and more efficient for primary care providers to consult with specialists to achieve better patient care. And when practitioners spend less time trying to connect, they’ll have more time to spend with patients.
The healthcare industry has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few decades. Thanks to these and many other advances in modern medical technology, people are living longer, happier and much healthier lives. And with such a bright future ahead, the truly exciting part is that this is really only the tip of the iceberg.