Technology is transforming healthcare to be data-driven, user-centered, engaging, and easy to use. From wearables that help track our fitness or produce detailed reports about our health to mobile apps that seek to improve the management of diabetes or heart problems, this makes healthcare more holistic than ever before. With such a rapid evolution happening it can be difficult to follow trends and understand what’s happening in the field.
The healthcare space is seeing an incredible explosion of innovation around digital health. From virtual reality to telemedicine to wearables, healthcare solutions are being created every day with the goal of bettering people’s lives. I share four trends from my experience that hope to improve healthcare for patients and physicians alike. Healthcare is an industry facing challenges every single day. From the transparency of it all to how patients are treated, healthcare is dealing with issues that are difficult and complex. The good news: we’re seeing an incredible explosion of innovation around digital health and what this means is better care and experience for patients and physicians alike. I share four trends from my experience that hope to improve healthcare for patients and physicians alike.
Big Data is transforming healthcare
With big health data, providers can improve patient care and outcomes. For instance, providers can better predict the onset of acute and chronic conditions. They can also create more efficient and effective clinical pathways and improve hospital management operations.
Emerging wearable technology devices will help drive big health data. These radically new technologies are not only relatively low cost; they also enable people to take control of their own healthcare. For example, devices that measure factors such as pulse oximetry—the amount of oxygen in the blood—can encourage diabetics to monitor their glucose levels. This can lead to better treatment plans and outcomes, while also prompting patients to adhere to prescribed medications for even better health outcomes.
As the healthcare industry changes and moves to a more patient-centered model, we’re excited to support our clients in this transition. We’ve announced new integrations that will help to bring secure health care transactions and real-time patient data tracking into the fold, and we’re working to inspire more businesses to inspire better health, give back to their communities and improve the way they take care of customers everyday.
The recent transformation of healthcare has placed an increased focus on the concept of patient health records, data security, and the cloud in the delivery of healthcare plans. This transformation allows for better patient outcomes in a more efficient environment.
The use of AI in health
Artificial Intelligence is beginning to impact healthcare in a meaningful way. We’re now capitalizing on the promise of AI to address the complex challenges faced by healthcare organizations, such as rising costs and declining patient satisfaction.
AI is now being used in a variety of healthcare settings to help doctors and other medical professionals access vast stores of data to find solutions for complex patient situations. In the future, as the amount of data produced by health systems continues to grow exponentially, health systems will increasingly use AI to solve complex problems related to population health management.
The potential role of consumer AI is transforming healthcare and the evolution is huge. The technology can benefit consumers by taking away the confusion around self-diagnosis, support patients in understanding their symptoms better, and provide them with personalized recommendations generated from their own biological data.
When it comes to improving healthcare outcomes, the approach has to be personalized. Delivering personalized care is no easy task. Sharing healthcare data across silos and departments is extremely challenging for individuals and hospitals alike. Data Privacy and Security rules vary from State to State, as well as country to country. Data must be secured, monitored and analyzed – but not always by the same entity – all while meeting multiple compliance standards. And the day-to-day grind of running a hospital or practice can make distributing or managing data a real challenge
Transformational health care is transforming medical care, but it also poses profound challenges. How do you establish trust in what some call “digital trust”? How do you provide privacy for health data that is flowing through the Internet and into every aspect of the healthcare system? These issues are among those that will need to be addressed as innovations rapidly emerge in response to the needs for patient-centered care.
How Cloud Data is a key in digital health transformation
In the digital age, it is critical that providers approach their care model in a systematic and transparent fashion. The healthcare industry’s current fragmented, inefficient and stove-piped approach to information management is a significant challenge in delivering quality patient care. This challenge has been further compounded by the growing volume, complexity and sheer velocity of data that has become a part of the healthcare IT dimension. To achieve the comprehensive modernization of our healthcare system, providers need to leverage cloud-based technologies to tackle big data challenges effectively and efficiently.”
The increasing adoption of digital technologies such as “cloud computing” and EHRs can help to transform healthcare. These solutions also enable important data sharing. This Data Sharing and Real-Time Processing, DSTAR Initiative is a bold and dynamic initiative geared to improve the quality and cost of healthcare through the power of information technology.
The right telehealth solution helps to deliver care in the best way, when and where patients want it. Virtual healthcare services are increasingly viable options for patients who would otherwise drive long distances to inpatient facilities. With virtual monitoring and mobile health services, patients can stay at home and in their communities. As we continue to expand our high-speed broadband networks and spread the benefits of cloud computing, I think we’re going to see more opportunities in terms of cost savings and service delivery innovation for America’s healthcare system.
We are in the midst of a revolution in healthcare. Cloud networks are enabling smart devices to change the way we monitor our health, giving us more options for convenient care close to home. I believe that in the future, consumers will increasingly want to choose their own healthcare delivery options, including virtual or web-based services.
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