Healthcare is one of the fastest technologically developing industries. With the COVID-19 pandemic raising the need for technological revolutions, healthcare is ushered into an era of digital innovations.
What Medical Technological Trends will we see in 2021?
“Today technologies have been incredible in the healthcare sectors. Converting them into digital, they have seamlessly reduced paper-based works and minimized error occurrences. The top technology trends for 2021 in the Medical field would be; Artificial intelligence integrated into medical devices to examine the heaps of healthcare data. Telemedicine app to consult directly with patients and doctors. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to learn and rehearse the complex organ operations. Powerful computing technology with Big data. IoMT (Internet of Medical Things)”
Fay Hao – OurPCB Tech Limited
“Telehealth technology itself is impressive and increasingly convenient apart from the lack of patient vitals and lab work which can sometimes make it difficult to properly diagnose patients. Telehealth applications that monitor markers of chronic diseases such as blood pressure, heart rate, and glucose are currently being developed. This is extremely important and exciting (for me) because it will provide the means to objectively assess patients and provide the most accurate management options. There are some applications currently available and many more still being developed.”
Telehealth provider, Dr. Vicken Zeitjian, UT Health
“The usage of telehealth tools has increased dramatically as a result of COVID-19. In April 2020, telehealth methods replaced in-person visits for 43.5 percent of Medicare primary care visits. One of the most significant advantages of telehealth over in-person options is that it avoids interaction between patients, healthcare providers, and other patients. Wearable devices give healthcare staff access to real-time patient data while they’re still at home.”
Chana Charach, Managing Editor at Income.ca
“Wearable smart devices are one of the most innovative healthcare technologies that are of great help to patients, especially seniors. These devices, such as smartwatches, allow healthcare providers to monitor the patients remotely by collecting a lot of data that takes much more time for doctors and nurses to collect in person. Wearable tech collects your personal health and exercise data through sensors that are built into the wristband. They can even help save lives, such as when someone experiences a sudden change in blood or glucose levels.”
Sylvia Manman Kang, CEO Mira
Virtual and Augmented Reality
“In 2021, the medical industry expects to see more use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Both training and medical practice make use of these two innovations. AR helps students to learn using 3D models from a teaching standpoint. Knowledge retention is improved by visual content and interaction with various simulations. As a result, students will be able to learn more quickly than before.
When it comes to healthcare, both AR and VR will help create a virtual world. These simulations are used to treat a variety of ailments, including chronic pain and memory loss. Mixed reality can also be used by doctors to assist people suffering from mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). AR gives doctors access to additional data that can be extremely useful. AR, for example, will help patients better explain their symptoms, allowing physicians to make a diagnosis more quickly. Doctors may also learn and practice surgical procedures, lowering the risk of mistakes and increasing performance.”
Tony Kelly, CEO at CameraGroove
“The aim of software solutions is to make doctors’ jobs easier. This starts with a patient assessment and continues into disease management. Analytics is another essential feature. It also enables medical facilities to keep up with the new technical developments. As a result, healthcare providers will be able to build improved portals for storing patient data. It’s important to keep medical information confidential and available only to physicians who are working with the patient.
Digital analytics is also provided by the software, which is beneficial for both treating patients and conducting research. During clinical trials, analytics can make more precise forecasts about the results of a brewing procedure. This ensures that more analysis can be done.
As a result, healthcare will devote more resources to data analytics in an effort to cut costs while improving the quality of care given to patients. Various software applications also strive to promote remote patient management while also gathering data that can be used to provide each patient with an individualized treatment regimen. Medical professionals can access a patient’s vital signs using connected devices.”
Mike Dragan, COO Stream Live
Cloud-Enabled Digital Tech
“Medical data storage has become more convenient thanks to technological advancements. To store patient data, more hospitals are turning to cloud-based solutions. This makes data management and maintenance easier. The cloud makes it easier to access data, particularly when it comes to patient records. Doctors would be able to see the patient’s case file more quickly, making appointments more convenient.
The most difficult aspect of using the cloud is following protocols. Many people still believe that HIPAA’s privacy and security provisions are insufficient to protect the healthcare industry.
In 2021, tougher steps will be in place to include a safe location for storing patient data. Providing private-cloud services, for example, allows healthcare providers to have greater control over patient data.”
Darshan Somashekar, Founder & CEO, Solitaired
“The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is a valuable technology that will be one of the top medical trends in 2021, particularly when combined with telemedicine. It is an important component of preventive medicine. More wearable devices are being created as a result of IoMT. These help doctors to keep track of their patients as well as check them for diseases that could be avoided. Many smart devices, including smart beds, are already in use. These applications and gadgets increase the number of visits to the doctor.
Wearable devices provide doctors with real-time information about their patients, allowing them to provide appropriate care when necessary. Consistent communication is critical in this situation, as it is in the healthcare system. Apps offer a wealth of information that can aid analysis.”
Thilo Huellmann, CTO Levity
The Growing Need for Technological Innovations In Medicine
“Being a frontline worker while dealing with this lethal virus, I have never realized the need of technology in medicine more,” says Dr. Rahil Chaudhary, MD at Eye7. “According to me, there is no other sector in dire need of the inculcation of technology as compared to medicine. I see millions around the world dying every day because of failure in prompt detection of their conditions. Technology alone can solve this problem. It can improve diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, care, etc. by leaps and bounds – save so many lives! Today the whole world is succumbing to a virus, not a bomb but a lethal virus – that should be lesson enough to invest in medicine technology.”
Though new medical technologies are a trend, we can never also disregard natural medicines or solutions which can be an alternative for some people. While doctors and the tech industry are finding ways to make healthcare more advanced, others still prefer to go for organic ones such as naturopathic medicines that promote “self-healing”.
The new medical technologies are not aimed to replace human healthcare professionals, rather they are there to aid them in their work. The various medical and digital trends are set to improve management and healthcare techniques and tools. The future of healthcare is moving definitely towards the development of more digital innovations.