There is a problem humans face that is, unfortunately, hard to prevent: we contract diseases and become sick.
We have all become sick sometime or another. Illness has been with humans for as long we have existed. This is the reason that we have our health care system. We go to the doctor, we take some medicine and then we hopefully get better. But everything is not always alright.
Doctors are human, too. They don’t have a prophetic ability to diagnose patients; a doctor just has to use his or her experience. This is the reason that every year more than 20% of patients are incorrectly diagnosed on their first appointment.
Thanks to science and technology we are revolutionizing health care every passing day – while improving quality of care, decreasing readmission rates and overall contributing to healthier societies.
Curious how doctors are getting better year over year? The answer is simple: technology. Here are some of the technologies that changed the course of health care in 2018.
- Artificial Intelligence
It can be said without any doubt that this is the age of artificial intelligence in healthcare. It is already incorporated in the care hospitals use for watching over patients in intensive care units, improving hospital efficiency with AI commands and many other functions. AI can help doctors diagnose diseases faster and more accurately. For example, this year, a company called Ultronics has developed an AI tool which can detect coronary heart disease at an early stage. Another company, Verge Genomics raised 32 million dollars in new funding to take their AI solution to market. The Verge Genomics AI has automated the drug discovery process. AI certainly has a very promising future in healthcare.
- Block Chain
The popularity of blockchain increased in 2018 due to the obvious benefits it offers to health care. Large amounts of data can be shared without a central authority. Not only that, blockchain collects and sorts the data all by itself, making the attraction of blockchain in healthcare very real. Blockchain can secure data delivery, help execute instant contract between pharma companies and patients for drug trials purposes and even prevent fraud in the healthcare space.
Telemedicine can be the ultimate solution of many problems, such as the shortage of medical staff. Most importantly it is helping those patients who don’t have insurance. In 2018, telemedicine has been used more than ever. Telemedicine is revolutionizing healthcare trends on a whole new level.
- Big Data
In healthcare, big data has played a significant role in 2018. Big data has helped significantly decrease medical errors. Through patient record analysis, big data has helped lowered the rate of medication errors. According to a recent report, big data may even assist with the global opioid crisis by proactively identifying patients at risk of opioid abuse based on their prescription fulfilment history. Big data can be the answer to the difficulties we currently face in our medical research. It can improve the whole treatment process, making it more efficient and faster. Big data is one of the biggest digital transformations in healthcare.
Chatbots are automated channels for collecting data based on user inputs. Chatbots are simple artificial intelligence software which gives automated responses to users. Chatbots operate based on “if this, then that” rules, namely they are programed to know or fetch data users are looking for based on the questions users ask. If the chatbot recognizes specific keywords entered by users, they render the answers they were programed to give. Chatbot also help doctors with diagnostics and have become so efficient i that different mobile companies are providing chatbots along with other health technologies to hundreds of healthcare organizations around the United States.
Science and technology are evolving rapidly. With every day that passes, there is renewed hope of treating diseases that were once deemed untreatable. We hope the day will soon come when humans don’t have to die just because we have not discovered the technology that will help them with their medical issues.